The Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced it will award Monarch an additional two-year, $3.9 million grant to continue expanding vital services for people with serious mental illness and addiction disorders through the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) model in Stanly County, North Carolina. Funding will continue through April 2022.
Over the next two years, it is estimated that more than 2,000 adults and children with serious mental illness, emotional disturbance, long-term chronic addiction, mild or moderate mental illness and addiction disorders, as well as physical health conditions will be served through the CCBHC, located at the behavioral health outpatient office in Albemarle, North Carolina. The CCBHC model is part of the National Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act. This legislation expands the number of CCBHCs to increase access to community mental health and addiction treatment services while improving Medicaid reimbursement. CCBHC key goals include mental health and addiction treatment access; opioid crisis service expansion; primary care health screenings; expanded behavioral health support for veterans; and collaboration among community care partners.
In September 2018, Monarch was the only North Carolina recipient of a SAMHSA grant to support the development of CCBHC services in Stanly County. As a result of that funding, a medication assisted treatment (MAT) program for outpatient, office-based opioid treatment was launched. Additionally, a partnership was formed with the Stanly County Emergency Medical Services to embed a peer support specialist within local first responders for opioid overdose calls. Over the last 18 months, significant expansion in care management and nursing services was implemented at the CCBHC to better provide whole-person care and enhance coordination with other service provider organizations.
As a result of this new award, plans for continued expansion of services will include support for individuals immediately following mental health-related hospitalizations and emergency department visits and occupational therapy services to enhance treatment outcomes. It will also include a community-based peer recovery center; additional services to treat co-occurring mental health and addiction; screening for HIV and Hepatitis A, B, and C; and increased community education and outreach on mental health and addiction disorders.
Established in 1958, Monarch is a non-profit organization that provides innovative support to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness, and addiction disorders in North Carolina. The organization is nationally accredited by The Joint Commission and The Council on Quality and Leadership.
This was reported by Monarch on April 30, 2020.
Contact information: Monarch, 350 Pee Dee Avenue, Suite 101, Albemarle, North Carolina 28001; 866-272-7826; Website: https://monarchnc.org