Nearly $2 million in funding for community mental health services

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Thu Sep 29, 2022 9:05 AM

Supports behavioral health clinics serving underserved communities in Western New York

Congressman Brian Higgins announced two federal grants totaling $1,979,097 awarded to Endeavor Health Services and the Community Health Center of Buffalo (CHCB). His team said, “Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and awarded through the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics program, the grants will expand access to mental health and addictions services in underserved communities. from western New York.

Higgins noted, “Mental health and addiction issues are impacting thousands of families in Western New York, especially as the community grapples with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding to Endeavor Health Services and Buffalo Community Health Center will support programs that target the most vulnerable members of our community and improve access to 24-hour emergency services. This is a another investment in comprehensive, lifesaving care that will create a healthier future for families in Western New York as we continue to recover from the pandemic.

Buffalo Community Health Center CEO Dr. LaVonne Ansari said, “Mental health services are as essential as primary and preventative health care. As we begin to reimagine the mental health landscape at WNY, communities of color are still dealing with an increased level of trauma. Access to expanded mental health services is crucial. This grant could not have been more timely. We are grateful to be one of the beneficiaries of this opportunity.

Chief Operating Officer Scott Morton said, “Endeavor Health Services is excited to be able to expand its services in East Buffalo. This grant will help us launch and operate a Crisis Stabilization Center, design and implement a world-class diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative for the organization and its comprehensive CCBHC services, and to strengthen its integrated care for the whole person by implementing a strong nursing care management program in partnership with minority-led primary care providers.

Again, the press release explained, “The Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) program aims to transform community behavioral health systems and provide comprehensive, person-centered behavioral health care. Grants awarded through this program improve access to community-based mental health and addictions treatment. They also support 24-hour crisis services available to anyone in need, regardless of where they live and ability to pay. This includes anyone seeking care for mental health and addictions, including severe mental illness (SMI), substance use disorder (SUD), and children and adolescents with severe emotional disorders. (EDS). The program supports clinics in underserved communities facing significant health disparities.

Through this grant program, Endeavor Health Services will receive $971,595 to support its “Endeavor CCBHC Serving the Community” program. The Buffalo Community Health Center will receive $999,502 to support its “Improving Access to Behavioral Health and Crisis Care in the Greater Buffalo Area” program. The grants awarded to these organizations are just two of 156 awarded to certified community behavioral health clinics across the country.

The press release stated, “To qualify as a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic, an organization must provide 24-hour crisis mental health care; patient-centred treatment planning; outpatient primary care, mental health and addictions services; psychiatric rehabilitation; peer support; tips; family support services; and intensive mental health care for veterans and military personnel.

Endeavor Health Services and Buffalo Community Health Center are two of 13 certified community behavioral health clinics in New York City.

Endeavor Health Services is online at https://www.ehsny.org/. The Buffalo Community Health Center is online at https://chcb.net/.

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