SITUATION: During the COVID-19 pandemic, the needs of individuals with behavioral health conditions, especially those in minority populations and economically disadvantaged communities, have not been met. Mental health workers, staff, and other caregivers have also been impacted. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services 2021 Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC) Grant program enables community mental health centers to support and restore the delivery of clinical services impacted by the pandemic. The program enables the centers to effectively address the needs of individuals with serious emotional disturbance (SED), serious mental illness (SMI), and individuals with SMI or SED and substance use disorders (SUD).
PROJECT OBJECTIVE: Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare, the lead grant applicant, along with HPCNEF and SJRRHN, have been awarded the FY 2021 CMHC Grant. HPCNEF provides coalition building and support for the program by means of technical assistance and training programs to refine their current data workflows.