Winning Wednesday – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Winning Wednesday!

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services recently announced awards for the fiscal year 2022 Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) Planning, Development, and Implementation grants. The purpose for this program is to help transform community behavioral health systems and provide comprehensive, coordinated behavioral health systems by establishing new CCBHC programs.

Assel Grant Services (AGS) worked with multiple client teams to prepare eight applications. As they say, you reap what you sow, and AGS’s busy spring alongside exceptional clients created the perfect environment for success.

Of the programs awarded, AGS assisted six of these organizations with applications that received $19,786,522 in funding over four years. In addition, $2,952,874 was awarded on the Missouri side of Kansas City to address community crisis response. We are thrilled to see what these organizations will accomplish for our community in the coming years!

Planning, Development, and Implementation

Southwest Guidance Center (KS) plans to implement substance use disorder/co-occurring disorder services and increase the number of individuals accessing comprehensive behavioral health services with a special focus on the Hispanic and Veteran communities in southwest Kansas. By building workforce capacity and working with recovery-oriented community-based supports, Southwest Guidance Center will provide targeted services to minority populations experiencing disparities in mental healthcare.

Iroquois Center for Human Development (KS) will expand services in southwest Kansas with a focus on farmers, veterans and military and their families and the elderly. ICHD brings crisis mental health services, patient-centered treatment planning, outpatient mental health and substance use services and more to vulnerable populations.

Spring River Mental Health and Wellness, Inc. (KS) will deliver CCBHC services in Cherokee County for individuals experiencing serious mental illness, severe and persistent mental illness, serious emotional disturbance, substance use disorder, and co-occurring disorders at any age. This project specifically focuses on addressing disparities to accessing care faced by children, individuals with low incomes, and those with substance use disorder.

Elizabeth Layton Center, Inc., (KS) plans to expand and enhance access to comprehensive, coordinated behavioral health services in Franklin and Miami counties. This project has a special focus on addressing health disparities experienced by individuals who are un- or under-insured. ELC aims to build a staff to provide a multidisciplinary approach to crisis response and create a bridge for individuals to access community-based services.

CCBHC Expansion and Improvement

ReDiscover, (MO) an existing CCBHC, received funding to expand its capacity to serve residents of Jackson County, Missouri by reaching underrepresented populations, connecting individuals to ongoing services and resources before escalation to crisis, and helping individuals navigate their behavioral healthcare options. This project will bring on-board twenty-six new peer support specialists, family support providers, and team leads to improve services to the community.

SAMHSA Community Crisis Response

Mid-America Regional Council (MARC – MO) received Missouri Community Crisis Response funding for an innovative approach to existing mobile crisis response teams. In partnership with ReDiscover, Swope Health, University Health Behavioral Health, Burrell Behavioral Health, and Tri-County Mental Health Services, this project will implement the region’s first-ever coordinated, cross-county system including data coordination and sharing with 24/7 crisis response coverage for mental and behavioral health. By developing a standardized crisis response system aligned with state efforts, MARC and its partners will increase equity in service delivery with a unified, coordinated effort of response.

Are you interested in applying for a SAMHSA opportunity next year? SAMHSA has a variety of other programs and funding opportunities available that might be a good fit. The office’s website has ample resources, webinars, and descriptions of available or upcoming opportunities.

Contact AGS today! Our team can help with all aspects of preparing the application and managing the grant if you are awarded. If you would like to discuss this possibility, please contact AGS. Julie Assel, GPC, President/CEO, will be happy to talk with you about future opportunities and provide you with a quote for grant services.