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Whole Person Care Services Now Available for Gaston County Youth

GASTONIA, NC, October 4, 2018—Gaston County children and their families can now receive whole person health care thanks to a collaboration funded by a $4 million federal grant.

In September, Partners Behavioral Health Management, along with Piedmont Adult & Pediatric Medicine Associates, P.A., Support Incorporated, and Youth Villages, began offering care through a program funded through a four-year Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant. The program, known as the “Partners NC System of Care Expansion Grant,” builds upon two of Partners’ initiatives:

  • System of Care, a nationally-known framework of community-based services and supports structured to meet the needs of families who are involved with several childserving agencies.
  • Partners’ innovative Whole Person Integrated Care model, which combines behavioral healthcare, physical healthcare, and social care including peer support in one setting.

The program is available to children up to age 21 that meet qualifications. It provides behavioral and physical health treatment, parenting classes, care coordination, and family and youth peer support services.

“The care available through this partnership and the grant enables us to address children’s and families’ physical and mental health, along with the social determinants that impact personal and community health,” said Lachelle Freeman, Grant Project Director with Partners. “The grant team is optimistic of the success we will have by partnering with John Scheitler, MD, Catherine Hoffman, MD, Yaw Owusu Addo, MD, and Jonathan Williams, MD, at Piedmont Adult & Pediatric Medicine Associates, and with Support Incorporated and Youth Villages. We look forward to building partnerships with other pediatric clinics and behavioral health providers.”

Piedmont Adult & Pediatric Medicine Associates is located at 640 Summit Crossing Place, Suite 204, Gastonia, NC 28054. Patients at the practice that meet the qualifications and are in need will have access to the program and resources. Children and youth that meet the qualifications may be referred to the program and its resources by the Division of Juvenile Justice, the Department of Social Services, Gaston County Schools, and other child service agencies.

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 youth ages 0-21 and their families residing in four counties within Partners’ service area.

Partners and community partners will expand the program to Lincoln County later this year, and to Burke and Iredell Counties starting in 2019.

Additional Information

To learn more about this program, call Partners Access to Care Call Center at 1-888-235-HOPE (4673) or visit https://providers.partnersbhm.org/partners-nc-systems-of-care-expansion/.

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