Partners awarded $4 million grant for youth mental health services

Children and families in Burke, Gaston, Iredell, and Lincoln Counties will have more resources to assist with behavioral and physical health care needs thanks to a grant awarded to Partners Behavioral Health Management (Partners).

Partners is the only North Carolina recipient of one of nine grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Expansion and Sustainability of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances Program, also known as the Children’s Mental Health Initiative. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) distributes funding to improve outcomes for children, youth and young adults who experience serious emotional disturbances and their families. The grant will provide $1 million per year over four years to add new mental health resources for children and families residing in four counties in the Partners’ service area.

“This is an exciting opportunity that allows us to partner with and truly impact the lives of children and families living with behavioral and emotional health needs,” said Martha Kaufman, Partners’ Integrated Care Director. “Families will be able to access healthcare, support, training, and other resources through one team that is dedicated to positively improving their quality of life.”

The program, known as the “Partners NC System of Care Expansion Grant,” builds upon two of Partners’ initiatives:

  • System of Care, a nationally-known program that brings child and family serving agencies together with the family to develop and implement services in the child’s best interest; and
  • Partners’ innovative Whole Person Integrated Care model, which combine behavioral care, physical care, and peer support functions in one setting.

The program will serve children and families through area pediatric medicine and community partnerships by offering parenting classes, care coordination, and family and youth peers to assist families. Partners will work closely with the NC Division of Mental Health/ Developmental Disabilities/Substance Abuse Services and NC Families United in support of grant implementation.

Partners and other community partners will begin implementing the program in Gaston and Lincoln Counties in Spring 2018. The program will be offered in Burke and Iredell counties starting in 2019.

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