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16 Michigan groups divide $6M to address opioid crisis, behavioral health

LANSING, Mich. – More than $6.4 million from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund is being divided between 16 organizations to address issues related to opioid addiction and behavioral health.

The grants expands behavioral health services for children and older adults. The money is going to organizations from metro Detroit to the western Upper Peninsula.

The Health Endowment Fund was created by the Legislature that changed the operating rules for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. The law requires BCBSM to contribute up to $1.56 billion over 18 years into a fund to improve the quality of health care while reducing costs and to benefit the health and wellness.

The grant recipients are:

Catholic Human Services Inc. — $449,411 to help fund an interdisciplinary team to help parents struggling with addiction and have children within the child welfare system in Alpena and Montmorency counties. 

Cherry Health —  $480,678 to improve early detection and treatment of behavioral health issues in seniors aged 65 and older. It will increase utilization of annual wellness exams at three Cherry Health sites in Grand Rapids as well as integrate care management, wellness coaching, referral coordination, and follow up for improved senior health and wellness.

Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo – $498,204 to expand students’ access to behavioral health services by putting clinicians into five high-poverty schools in Kalamazoo Public Schools in year one, followed by the addition of five more schools in year two.

The Corner Health Center — $282,913 to increase access to integrated psychiatric services for children in Washtenaw County.

D. A. Blodgett-St. John — $287,327 to improve reunification rates of Kent County children in foster care by connecting biological parents dealing with substance abuse to recovery support services.

Eastern Michigan University – $291,097 to establish specialty training in geropsychology in EMU’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program. The project will provide older adults with cognitive loss with integrated behavioral health services delivered by doctoral students. The project will serve Washtenaw, Monroe, Lenawee, Jackson, Livingston, Oakland and Wayne counties.

Henry Ford Health System — $500,000 to support outpatient clinics in metro Detroit providing education, diagnosis, and treatment to those afflicted with opioid addiction. The project will serve Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

Michigan Public Health Institute — $412,347 to provide care and services for pregnant women and infants impacted by NAS, caused when a newborn experiences withdrawal from a substance in the mother’s system during pregnancy. Focusing on prevention, screening and coordinating care, MPHI will develop the program in Saginaw and Marquette counties, using initial results to develop a replication guide that can be used in other communities.

M.P.A. Group – $157,166  for the Washington Elementary School Family Health Initiative in Bay City. The project educates staff on the impact of childhood traumas, train staff to identify and assist with behavioral interventions, and design educational strategies for students with behavioral health challenges.

Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority — $499,790 to address the fragmentation of service delivery for children in crisis and the shortage of child psychiatrists in the state and region. The project will standardize a response and resources available to children in crisis, and will serve Grand Traverse, Crawford, Leelanau, Missaukee, Roscommon, and Wexford counties

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services — $446,320 to address the issue of children being boarded in an emergency room while awaiting an inpatient bed or assessment. On-call psychiatric consultation, staff education, and additional care integration will reduce emergency department board times and inpatient stays, helping children and families in crisis. The project will serve West Michigan, Traverse City, and Indiana counties

University of Michigan — $499,342 to increase the primary care workforce capacity to treat seniors’ behavioral health issue by supporting implementation of the Collaborative Care Model. This is a statewide project.

University of Michigan — $353,289 to increase access to evidence-based mental health practices by training school professionals in cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness. This also is a statewide project.

Ruth Ellis Integrated Health Wellness Center – $261,132 to help develop an integrated primary and behavioral health center co-located within a  drop-in center for homeless, runaway, and at-risk lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The project will be in metro Detroit.

Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center – $438,562 to combine resources of two organizations providing substance use treatment. Funding will support new service delivery, training, education, and medical leadership development to create fully integrated health home services and increase the number of addiction-trained physicians in the Upper Peninsula. The project will serve Marquette and Houghton counties.

Wayne State University — $499,502 to increase diagnosis and integrate treatment services for pregnant women struggling with addiction and depression. The project combines interactive mobile technology with infant mental health specialists in Grayling and Alpena

Article source: http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/08/16_michigan_organizations_get.html

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