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MN Discretionary Funding Fiscal Year 2021
The State of Minnesota – Department of Human Services, partnering with our existing Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs), proposes to provide mental health, substance use disorder and co-occurring treatment services to people without the ability to pay that have been impacted by COVID-19. Grant funds will help Minnesota serve people with serious mental illness (SMI), substance use disorders (SUD) and co-occurring disorders, including healthcare practitioners, other first responders and individuals and families experiencing mental health concerns less severe than SMI. CCBHCs are uniquely qualified to deliver emergency mental health and SUD services. With 50 years of experience, CCBHCs offer evidence-based, trauma-informed, person and familycentered care. CCBHCs have identified healthcare practitioners, other first responders and people with concerns less than SMI in their service areas who are in need of behavioral health services because of the impacts of COVID-19. The closure of schools, the stay-at-home orders, and the increased hazards to self and family members that healthcare practitioners face will have short and long term emotional impact on Minnesotans. In addition to providing a robust array of services, CCBHCs will develop new services in response to the needs in their communities such as 24-hour hotlines and drop-in clinic hours for healthcare practitioners. The new services will provide immediate access to counseling from redeployed and specially trained mental health and SUD licensed professionals. Under the grant CCBHCs will develop specialized staff training, establish outreach systems, add primary care physicians to their behavioral health clinic to prevent the people they serve from having to go to busy primary care clinics exposing themselves to potential infection, and develop quality assurance systems to ensure these additional services are provided appropriately and ethically. For people with SMI/SUD and co-occurring disorders without medical coverage, the CCBHCs will quickly assess people and offer their existing integrated services as well as facilitate applications for benefits. Grant funding will enhance the state’s ability to provide behavioral health services delivered via telehealth and by telephone. Minnesota is a large and particularly rural state with limited access to high-speed internet and mobile data coverage in some areas. CCBHCs are already trained in numerous EBPs and will train their staff in more practices that pertain to this population and circumstance such as building resiliency. They currently provide care coordination to the people they serve and will do so with this population as well as continue to provide 24/7 mobile crisis services to their communities. The goal of this project is to increase access to services and provide those services to people who lack the ability to pay and are impacted by COVID-19. The state estimates 6,600 people will be served through this funding; 70% of which will be SMI/SUD, 20% healthcare practitioners and first responders, and 10% people with mental health concerns less than SMI.
The NW MN COVID-19 Recovery: Preparing for the New Normal Initiative serves children, families and individuals ages 0-99+ with a severe emotional disturbance (SED), severe mental illness (SMI) and/or co-occurring disorder (COD), who are uninsured or underinsured and in need of mental health and substance use services as a result of COVID-19. We also address the health and wellbeing of our staff who are affected professionally and personally by COVID-19. This 6-county, rural and frontier agricultural region covers Kittson, Mahnomen, Marshall Norman, Polk and Red Lake county residents across 6,708 square miles. We will serve a total of 600 unique clients (300 each year) over the two years of this work.
With SAMHSA CCBHC Expansion funds, Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES), will expand and improve our culturally and linguistically responsive behavioral health services for Latino individuals in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties in Minnesota with serious mental illness (SMI), substance use disorders (SUD), co-occurring mental and substance use disorders (COD), and children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance (SED). Funding from SAMHSA will support: 1. The integration of behavioral health and primary care; 2. The addition of new services, including Adult Rehabilitare Mental Health Services, Peer Recovery Services, Assertive Community Treatment, and Medication Assisted Treatment Services; and 3. Enhanced care coordination and increased capacity for outpatient behavioral health services. In 2020, CLUES received a CCBHC planning grant from the state of Minnesota and is on track to apply for certification in July 2021 to become Abriendo Caminos CCBHC. Abriendo Caminos will target services for low income Latino adults, children, adolescents and families with limited access to health insurance and limited English language proficiency. Abriendo Caminos will achieve the following goals: 1. Increase access to and improve quality of culturally-responsive behavioral health for Latinos in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties. 2. Enhance quality of behavioral health services provided through systems and data driven quality measurement. 3. Increase capacity for sustainable CCBHC services. Key objectives include: Objective 1A. Serve 30 new children (0-11), 95 new adolescents (12-17), and 210 new adults (18+) each year through expanded community behavioral health services including case management, care coordination, rehabilitative services, counseling and psychiatry. Objective 1B. Integrate primary care and behavioral health care to improve outcomes for individuals with SMI,SUD, COD, and children and adolescents with SED and utilize a comprehensive assessment for all 8000 consumers. Objective 1C. Serve 40 new adult consumers per year through the addition of Medication Assisted Treatment, and Peer Recovery Services. Objective 2A Within 2 months of award, develop and implement a comprehensive evaluation plan to measure service delivery and impact for improved wellness. Objective 2B. Within 2 months of award, have fully operational electronic health record (EHR) that is interoperable with DCO's systems. Objective 3A. By year 2, obtain approval of Prospective Payment System (PPS) rate for continued sustainability of CCBHC services. The CCBHC will serve 800 consumers each year through grant funding for a total of 1,6000 consumers served with expanded behavioral health care services. CLUES mission is to ensure the advancement of social and economic equity and wellbeing for Latinos in Minnesota. CLUES has provided behavioral health care since 1981 to the Latino community via bilingual and bicultural providers. Abriendo Caminos will build on organizational expertise to offer increased and integrated comprehensive behavioral health services, providing a critical intervention where culturally specific services are limited or unavailable.
The Heart and Mind Connection (HAMC) seeks SAMHSA MHAT support to engage 500 school staff, 500 community members, and 5,000 students throughout the Elk River School District in evidence-based Youth and teen Mental Health First Aid trainings over a five-year period, equipping them to recognize, identify, and respond to signs and symptoms of mental illness in their peers and themselves and change public attitudes around mental illness. For the purposes of this project, the target population is Elk River School District sophomores (adolescents ages 15-16) and district teachers, staff, parents, caretakers, and community members. Project goals and objectives include: • Goal 1: Increase the capacity of HAMC to effectively teach Mental Health First Aid. o Objective 1: By July 31, 2021 HAMC will contract with 1 new instructor, trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid and teen Mental Health First Aid • Goal 2: Increase the capacity of Elk River School District school staff, community members, and students to effectively respond to mental health problems and crises. o Objective 2a: By September 30, 2026, HAMC will have trained 500 school staff and 500 community members in evidence-based Youth Mental Health First Aid. o Objective 2b: By September 30, 2026, HAMC will have trained 5,000 students in evidence-based teen Mental Health First Aid. • Goal 3: Increase awareness among Elk River School District school staff, community members, and students about mental health, mental disorders, symptoms, and resources within the community and beyond. o Objective 3a: By September 30, 2026, 1,000 school staff and community members (200 per year) will have a better understanding of mental health disorders and mental health resources within the community. o Objective 3b: By September 30, 2026, 5,000 students (1,000 per year) will have a better understanding of mental health disorders and mental health resources. • Goal 4: Increase awareness among Minnesotans living with mental illnesses (and their families) of resources available in their communities to seek treatment and support. o Objective 4: By September 30, 2026, 9,000 Minnesotans (1,800 per year) will receive information from YMHFA and tMHFA trained school staff, teens, and other community members on relevant mental health resources within their community.
Hennepin County Early Diversion Project
The MHC will improve quality of services, impacting all persons served and specifically targeting the outcomes of the homeless and housing insecure population through improved integration with human services and primary care. The MHC will also increase data analysis capacity and sharing of information to expand partners' abilities to report on costs and coordination of care outcomes.