Alabama Covid-19 Response Unit (ACRU) will be statewide, placing specific emphasis on counties hardest hit. ACRU will employ evidence-based practices to treat individuals in Alabama impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The interdisciplinary team will provide service to both urban and rural patients using multiple platforms including in-person and telehealth technologies. With this funding, we will be able to develop and implement approaches and strategies to assess and treat healthcare professionals, and individuals with serious mental illness, substance abuse and COVID 19 related trauma. Treatment services will include FDA-approved medications to treat SMI or SUD including opioid use disorder, medication management, outpatient, intensive outpatient treatment and mental health crisis services. Alabama recognizes that these vulnerable populations are at heightened risk of psychological distress and intervening to protect both mental and physical health is an important component of public health measures for addressing the COVID-19 epidemic and supporting these vulnerable populations. Project ACRU will serve 500 people in 16 months.
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AL Discretionary Funding Fiscal Year 2021
Project Abstract Summary: Project Support: Mental Health Awareness Training for First Responders is training for first responders - public safety, fire, and EMS personnel - across Alabama to respond to adults with serious mental illness. The project strives to train first responders in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders, particularly serious mental illness (SMI), and to provide those experiencing mental health illnesses with appropriate resources. Goal 1: Train first responders who interact with adults to recognize signs and symptoms of mental illness, with the following two objectives: (a) Increase the number of MHFA trainers by four in Year 1 and by two each subsequent year, and (b) Train 2,240 unduplicated first responders in MHFA across the five years. Goal 2: Increase the knowledge of first responders, who interact with adults with signs and symptoms of mental illness, on the available behavioral health resources, with the following two objectives: (a) 90% of first responders surveyed will report an increase in mental health literacy, from pretest to posttest; and (b) Develop and promote a web-based information hub on available behavioral health resources in Year 1. Goal 3: Strengthen referral system to community mental health services to refer adults with signs or symptoms of mental illness, with the following two objectives: (a) By February 1, 2022, project partners will have established pathways for first responders who are trained in MHFA to refer adults with signs and symptoms of mental illness with whom they interact to community mental health services; and (b) By the end of the project, 50% of first responders trained in MHFA will report making a referral to a community mental health service. The unduplicated number of individuals who will be served annually is 320 during Year 1 and 480 each subsequent year for a total of 2,240 first responders over the five year project period.
As the largest behavioral health and substance use disorder (SUD) provider in Alabama, AltaPointe Health Systems, Inc. (AHS) proposes to expand CCBHC services to children with serious emotional disturbance (SED) and adults with serious mental illness (SMI), justice-involved patients, veterans, and people who are living in poverty, are uninsured, and/or enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP in Mobile County, Alabama. To improve care for all CCBHC patients, AHS will: • adopt an integrated physical health/behavioral health care model; • expand care coordination to CCBHC patients; • expand outpatient SUD services to its Gordon Smith Campus; • significantly expand care to veterans; and • adopt (prior to award) 24-hour mobile crisis services. Throughout this project, AHS intends to establish up to 750 primary care patients in Y1 and 1,250 in Y2; provide care coordination services to up to 200 patients in both Y1 and Y2; expand services to veterans by 20%; and expand SUD services to 75 patients in both Y1 and Y2. In total, AHS intends to establish 1,000 patients in Y1 and 1,500 patients in Y2. Throughout the lifetime of this CCBHC project, AHS intends to provide a fully integrated primary care and behavioral health model of care for all patients who seek our services supported by a robust care coordination program that helps patients successfully access services in their communities. AHS, the second-largest behavioral health and SUD provider in the southeastern US, will bring its considerable infrastructure to bear on the delivery of the CCBHC model. This includes expanding AHS's use of evidence-based practices (EBP) to ensure that all patients seeking care get access to the highest quality of care. The assembled team of experienced behavioral health providers and leaders are also committed to developing a robust data collection and reporting structure that will allow AHS to manage the performance of its CCBHC and to make informed adjustments to the model to improve outcomes.
Council on Substance Abuse-NCADD will provide the Project Insight Alabama project which will provide Mental Health Awareness Training (MHAT) across Alabama to emergency medical services and volunteer first responders, nurses and nursing students, natural disaster volunteers and community stakeholders. The goal of the project is to: identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders among EMS/Volunteer First Responders, Nurses/Nursing Students, Volunteer Disaster Relief Workers, and Community Stakeholders across Alabama. The corresponding objectives include: Objective 1.1: To train 75 EMS/Volunteer First Responders annually (375 persons over the five-year grant period) throughout Alabama in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). Objective 1.2: To train 50 nurses/nursing students annually (250 persons over the five-year grant period) throughout Alabama in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). Objective 1.3: To train 100 natural disaster volunteers (500 persons over the five-year grant period) throughout Alabama in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). Objective 1.4: To train 335 stakeholders – youth organization staff, educators, social workers, prevention professionals, etc (1,675 persons over the five-year grant period) throughout Alabama in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Objective 1.5: To increase awareness and training of the general public to mental health issues by conducting 1-hour community presentations reaching 100 persons per year (500 persons over the five-year grant period). Objective 1.6 To increase and track referrals for mental health and substance abuse services through COSA’s HELP4Alabama referral phone line and social media platforms. Objective 1.7: To expand COSA’s website abilities to provide information and materials, access local, state, and national resources, and locate state certified mental health and substance use providers. COSA-NCADD will contract with Southeast Research, Inc. to provide evaluation of the services provided.
HOME (Helping others Move through Empowerment)
WellStone will support and restore clinical services for individuals living with a Serious Mental Illness, Serious Emotional Disturbance, or mental illness and a co-occurring substance use disorder that were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Economically disadvantaged and minority groups are a special focus for outreach efforts because they have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and are at higher risk for behavioral health crises. CMHC project funds will be used to strengthen the capacity for telehealth, provide expanded access and reduced wait times for outpatient counseling and psychiatry, Provide trauma informed care through the use of screening tools and evidence based treatment practices, and provide resources to address the mental health needs of CMHC staff. In addition, outreach services will be added through the use of Peer Navigators, Care Coordinators, School Based Counselors, and Mental Health Therapists working with police as co-responders to behavioral health crises. These efforts will strengthen the crisis services continuum being developed in North Alabama and reduce burdens on hospital ERs and jails. Objectives of the project include: serving a minimum of 600 unduplicated people for each of the 2 years of the project for a total of 1200 unduplicated project participants, ensure access to medication for high risk clients, provide transportation vouchers to overcome barriers to care, offer follow up visits to 90% of clients after a crisis intervention service, and a reduction of mental health related ER visits by 20%
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