Senator Stabenow Announces Over $19 Million in Funding for New Mental Health and Addiction Services in Detroit
Funding Made Possible by Stabenow’s Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment ActFriday, February 05, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow today announced that five Michigan community behavioral health organizations in Detroit have been selected as Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics. These clinics will receive a total of $19,931,557 in new funding to meet the growing need for mental health and addiction services. These clinics join 18 other certified clinics already providing critical behavioral health services across Michigan.
To date, Senator Stabenow has secured over $111 million in funding for Michigan community behavioral health centers. Last year, Senator Stabenow also secured Michigan’s selection for a nationwide demonstration project to ensure community behavioral health clinics receive the same kind of full funding as community health clinics.
These new clinics are a result of the passage of the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Act authored by Senator Stabenow and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO). This law established new Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, which are transforming the way behavioral health and addiction treatment services are delivered in Michigan and across the country. These clinics are required to provide a comprehensive set of behavioral health services including 24/7/365 crisis services; outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment services; immediate screenings, risk assessments, and diagnoses; and care coordination with emergency rooms, law enforcement, and veteran groups.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Stabenow has secured $1.1 billion in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 and Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for the national Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Expansion Grants program. This program is administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
“The COVID-19 crisis has shown a spotlight on the urgent and continuing need to fund comprehensive community mental health and addiction services. One out of five Americans have a mental illness or substance abuse disorder. And now even more Michigan families are struggling during this pandemic,” said Senator Stabenow. “This historic funding increase will allow more Michiganders to get the help they need in their community. It also provides major momentum to fully fund certified behavioral health services across our country.”
“This is a revolutionary moment for NSO, the individuals we serve, and the metro-Detroit community. As one of the largest community-based organizations in our area devoted to providing holistic care to vulnerable populations, this funding will transform our ability to create access to high quality, whole-person care. Addressing the physical and behavioral health needs of the individual, as well as addressing social determinants impacting their overall health and well-being, is the core of NSO’s mission. Thanks to the support of Senator Debbie Stabenow and SAMHSA, we will now have the resources needed to expand access quickly over the next 2 years,” said Linda Little, CEO of Neighborhood Service Organization.
“The award this week from SAMHSA as part of the CCBHC program will provide important funding for the expansion of mental health services for the individuals, children and families we serve. This funding comes at a critical time as we are seeing heightened demand for our services during the Covid pandemic. We will now be able to expand support for those who suffer from substance use disorders (SUD), enhance services for individuals and families during a mental health crisis, and provide better integrated mental-physical health services. We are grateful for Senator Stabenow’s leadership in securing this funding and for her extraordinary advocacy for effective mental health treatment so that those in need can recover and lead fulfilling lives,” said Joseph M. Tasse, President and CEO of Southwest Solutions.
“Development Centers is excited to be part of this next chapter of health services for the most vulnerable populations in our area. Adding the intensive and comprehensive services included in a CCBHC model will ultimately improve the health of our citizens and our community. Now, more than ever, Detroit residents need and deserve equal access to both behavioral and physical health services that treat the whole person and address health disparities,” said Cathy Liesman, CEO of Development Center.
“The CCBHC grant allows us to better respond to our population on the Eastside that is in dire need of comprehensive integrated (behavioral, emotional and physical) health and gives them access to specialty services like psycho-social rehab, peer supports, nutrition and health counseling and additional employment and housing supports. It also allows us to educate the community on illness management strategies and whole-health wellbeing. Finally, it strengthens relationships with community partners who support underserved populations (American Indian, LGBTQIA, Veterans, etc.) and helps provide them with improved access to care,” said Sherry McRill, President and CEO of Northeast Integrated Health.
The following clinics are receiving funding over two years:
NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICE ORGANIZATION
SOUTHWEST SOLUTIONS, INC.
DEVELOPMENT CENTERS, INC.
FAITH HOPE AND LOVE OUTREACH CENTER
NORTHEAST INTEGRATED HEALTH CENTER
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