MEDIA ALERT October 6, 2009
HAMILTON COUNTY MENTAL HEALTH AND RECOVERY SERVICES BOARD AWARDED $9 MILLION FEDERAL GRANT
The Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board has been awarded a $9 Million, six-year federal grant by the Center for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to serve youth, ages 14-21, with serious emotional disturbances. The grant will fund a new project called Journey to Successful Living (JOURNEY), which will strategically build upon an existing partnership between the mental health and substance abuse system, child welfare system, juvenile justice system, and/or mental retardation and developmental disability system. This is the largest grant ever received by the Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board.
Patrick Tribbe, President and CEO of the Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, states, “The grant will help develop a system of care for youth who are dealing with difficult adolescent years and, at the same time, coping with their mental illness”.
The grant will fund one year of planning for JOURNEY and five years of implementation. During the planning year, JOURNEY will involve additional partners from schools, social service agencies and the business community. One partner, Moira Wehr, Director of Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services, stated, “It is exciting to have a project that will benefit the youth and families we serve”.
A unique feature of the grant will be the participation of youth and families from the planning stage to policy development and comprehensive service planning, which is designed to address behavioral health, education, employment, social, housing, financial, health insurance and physical health needs of the youth. Diana McIntosh, Vice President of Clinical Services with the Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board, who will oversee the grant, said, “This grant will transform the way mental health services will be integrated and specifically targeted to meet the needs of youth, ages 14-21, and their families”.
The Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board is the planning, funding and evaluating agency for publicly funded behavioral health services in the county. It has the responsibility for managing a system of high quality, cost effective services.