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MS Discretionary Funding Fiscal Year 2023

Center: FG

Grantee: MISSISSIPPI CHILDREN'S HOME SOCIETY
Program: FY 2023 Congressional Directive Spending Projects
City: JACKSON
State: MS
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 FG001061-01
Congressional District: 2
FY 2023 Funding: $320,000
Project Period: 2023/09/30 - 2024/09/29

PROJECT ABSTRACT SCHOOL-BASED MENTAL WELLNESS EXPANSION PROJECT The Canopy Children’s Solutions (Canopy) School-based Mental Wellness Expansion project aims to decrease the number of children who are receiving crisis services from the existing staff within the school district who may not be trained as mental health therapists. This project expands an existing pilot program with the MS Dept. of Mental Health to provide professional development training and student support services to four (4) Jackson metro area public schools for individuals facing mental health challenges through Canopy’s mental health school program with an estimated impact of serving 3,600 students in the 2023-2024 academic year. Funding will also be used to provide training for 13 Canopy therapists to enhance substance abuse treatment services for individuals in CARES Center direct care. Canopy is Mississippi’s largest non-profit provider of behavioral health, educational and social service solutions employing more than 500 dedicated team members and serving children and families in all 82 counties. The pandemic has left schools stretched thin dealing with multiple mental health crises including homicidal and suicidal ideations. In addition to Canopy staff providing new tools to youth and families, they will also offer guidance and training to teachers and faculty. These trainings will involve helping faculty to identify and assist in de-escalation before a crisis exists. Canopy has developed a three-tiered model to assist school districts in dealing with the increasing prevalence of behavioral and mental health issues, which existed prior to COVID-19, but has been exacerbated by the effects of a global pandemic. Canopy’s model was developed to include the familiar components of the Response to Intervention (RTI) model which is currently utilized within Mississippi’s School Districts for both academic and behavior interventions in school. With the schools tiered approach in mind, Canopy has created a mental and behavioral health solution designed to be integrated into the school system. By incorporating behavioral health solutions into the education system and partnering with the schools directly, Canopy will create a learning environment within the school that will increase social and emotional learning and give a pathway for youth who are struggling due to behavioral and mental health barriers. Canopy has a wealth of knowledge, trainings, and expertise which are at the ready to help students and faculty accomplish long-term goals by creating realistic solutions as well as the identified supports in the school and at home. Our nation is facing a growing mental health and substance abuse crisis, and Mississippi is high on the list of impacted states. It is conservatively estimated there are over 131,000 children in Mississippi struggling with significant mental health challenges. Of those, 80% do not receive the treatment they need. National estimates indicate that more than 1,300,000 teenagers struggle with substance use and dependence. In 2020, the National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics reported that 47 percent of teens will have used an illicit (illegal) substance by the time they graduate from high school, and an estimated 863,000 adolescents need substance abuse/addiction treatment but do not receive it. Sadly, suicide is the second leading cause of death for children ages 10 to 22 in Mississippi. As the occurrence rates continue to increase, the availability of quality resources for these children and families remains extremely limited. Canopy has the privilege of being a resource for those in need of care. Canopy has shown over the past century that it can quickly and efficiently operationalize and mobilize to effect long term outcomes.


Grantee: MISSISSIPPI STATE DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH
Program: FY 2023 Cooperative Agreements for States and Territories to Improve Local 988 Capacity
City: JACKSON
State: MS
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 FG001184-01
Congressional District: 3
FY 2023 Funding: $1,439,259
Project Period: 2023/09/30 - 2026/09/29

The Mississippi Department of Mental Health's (DMH) FY 2023 Cooperative Agreements for States and Territories to Improve Local 988 Capacity is designed to improve the state's response to 988 contacts, increase public awareness of 988, increase collaboration with crisis system partners, and enhance statewide data collection. Mississippi has 24/7 primary and backup coverage for all 82 counties in the state for calls through its two 988 Lifeline Crisis Centers, CONTACT The Crisis Line and CONTACT Helpline. DMH's partnership with the 988 Lifeline Centers will allow the state to achieve the following goals: (GOAL 1) Increase the capacity of the Lifeline Centers to meet crisis contact demand for the projected volume of texts and chats initiated in Mississippi. (GOAL 2) Increase community awareness and understanding of the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline through a 988 educational campaign in line with SAMHSA's 988 partner toolkit. (GOAL 3) Increase collaboration among Mississippi 988 Lifeline Centers and crisis system partners to unify 988 response. (GOAL 4) Improve data collection processes to effectively track post-988 call referral and utilization data to improve 988 response and communication. CONTACT Helpline and CONTACT The Crisis Line will receive funding through subawards from the Department of Mental Health to meet the required activities of this project.


Grantee: UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI MED CTR
Program: FY 2023 Congressional Directive Spending Projects
City: JACKSON
State: MS
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 FG000988-01
Congressional District: 3
FY 2023 Funding: $750,000
Project Period: 2023/09/30 - 2024/09/29

Our congressionally directed spending project, Telemental Health Expansion for Mississippi University Students, will create a telemental health service to help address the elevated rate of mental health concerns reported by students across Mississippi public universities. These services will provide universities with additional therapy providers and psychiatric medication management specialists to help meet the rising demand for mental health services. The University of Mississippi Medical Center has established 3 main goals to address the deficit in mental health resources available to Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) students: to create a state-wide medication management service via telemental health, provide therapy support, and create a mental health collaboration network between all 8 MS public universities. Any MS state university student 18 years of age or older can access services. We aim to treat at least 400 patients throughout the one-year grant period. Services offered will include time-limited therapy support and medication management services. The therapy support will be offered through in-house referrals made by medication management providers seeing students who may benefit from additional care. Our Licensed Professional Counselors will support students' by providing evidence-based skills for mood and anxiety management to augment their medication management treatment. Therapy will also be offered to students with concerns not well addressed by medication, such as adjusting to college. Multiple psychiatric nurse practitioners will be hired to increase the number of available appointments to students throughout the state, including students in remote areas with limited access to providers. Each psychiatric nurse practitioner will be supported by a psychiatrist collaborator. Medication management services, excluding controlled substances, will be provided for students presenting common mental health concerns, such as depression and anxiety.


Grantee: UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI MED CTR
Program: FY 2023 Congressional Directive Spending Projects
City: JACKSON
State: MS
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 FG001082-01
Congressional District: 3
FY 2023 Funding: $1,399,941
Project Period: 2023/09/30 - 2024/09/29

Mississippi Perinatal to Preschool (P2P) Behavioral Health Project This proposed project impacts (1) pregnant mothers and fathers at-risk for or who experience high-risk term and pre-term pregnancies and resulting in (2) infants being cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Children’s Hospital of Mississippi at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) and one additional level III NICU managed by UMMC: Memorial Hospital Gulfport (MHG). Our proposal establishes the UMMC Perinatal Mental Health Program to meet the mental health needs of caregivers and their children. Broadly, Mississippi mothers report poorer mental health functioning compared to the rest of the nation and this risk is higher in women who deliver prematurely or experience birthing traumas. Mississippi mothers lack access to evidence-based perinatal mental healthcare as only 10 therapists exist with perinatal mental health expertise. Moreover, high-risk infants served at UMMC represent a broad spectrum of health conditions each conveying risk for myriad subsequent mental/behavioral health and/or developmental outcomes. Since 2018, our team has successfully implemented a behavioral health continuum for high-risk infants and their caregivers through our Behavioral Health in Infants and Preschoolers (BEHIP) program, but we have a need to expand services because the BEHIP program is only available at UMMC’s main campus. Providing mental health support along a continuum of care for caregivers of these high-risk children before and after delivery, and into their communities as they develop is critical to optimizing health, mental health and developmental outcomes. The proposed program of care for Mississippi’s high-risk term and pre-term infants will ensure that this population has access to a continuum of mental health services (promotion, prevention, assessment, and intervention) beginning prenatally, at UMMC’s NICU, extending to the NICU follow up clinic, and to the communities where families reside, including expanded services to the MS Gulf Coast to meet the needs of young children and their families across the state. The Perinatal to Preschool (P2P) program will establish the first perinatal mental health program in the state and will increase statewide capacity to deliver evidenced-based services to caregivers and their children prenatally and as they develop in their communities. We will conduct maternal pre/post-natal and infant screenings (Annually 560) and infant developmental evaluations (260), provide intervention to caregivers (45) and children using evidence-based interventions (160), provide promotion and prevention trainings using CARE (75), and train community providers in PCIT (25) who will further reach additional children in their communities across the state. Overall, this proposal fills critical gaps in our mental health workforce and system of care. The proposed program is synergistic with and will support key growth and development in grants at UMMC, but does not duplicate efforts. It ensures the valuable data obtained will result in sustainable statewide infant/child mental health care capacity.


Center: SM

Grantee: COMMUNICARE
Program: Treatment for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness, Serious Emotional Disturbance, or Co-Occurring Disorders Experiencing Homelessness
City: OXFORD
State: MS
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 SM088605-01
Congressional District: 1
FY 2023 Funding: $500,000
Project Period: 2023/09/30 - 2028/09/29

Project Abstract Summary (28 lines) Summary of Project: Communicare an accredited mental health and substance use provider with 60 years of experience serving the population of focus in collaboration with Oxford-Lafayette Steering Committee and the Mississippi Balance of State Continuum of Care will implement THRIVE to serve individuals, youth, and families with a serious mental illness (SMI), serious emotional disturbance (SED) or co-occurring disorder (COD) who are experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of homelessness in Lafayette County. Name: Treating Homelessness through Recovery & Innovative Valuable Experiences. Populations served: Individuals with SMI, SED and/or COD who are experiencing homelessness, or at imminent risk of homelessness; 50% COD; 50% African American; 2% Hispanic; 68% Female; 31% Male; 1% Transgender; 3% LGBTQI+. Strategies/Interventions: 1) Engage and connect the population of focus to trauma-informed HIV/HVC screening, SMI/SED/COD/MOUD outpatient/IOP and/or short-term residential treatment coupled with evidence-based services (in-person and/or telehealth, telemedicine), intensive case management, and peer-led recovery support services; 2) Identify sustainable permanent housing by collaborating with public, private housing providers; and 3) Provide intensive case management, care coordination, service delivery planning and SOAR supporting stability across housing and behavioral service transitions. EBPs: MI; SOAR; MOUD; Critical Time Intervention; Intensive Case Management; Housing First; PSH; Peer Recovery Support Specialist; and WRAP. Goals. 1) Advance Health Equity, Engage and Support Underserved Communities; 2) Ensure Access to Behavioral Health and Increase Affordable Housing, utilizing a Housing First Model; 3) Improve Access to Behavioral Health Services; 4) Stay Engaged and Connected across the Continuum of Care; 5) Address Social Determinants of Health to Improve Access to Behavioral Health and Healthcare. Objectives: 9/30/2023 and 9/29/28: 1) 75% of outreach will result in access to care; 2) 54% of clients will identify as racial, ethnic and/or LGBTQI+ minorities; 3) 100% will receive an individualized housing plan; 50% will improve housing stability; 4) 100% of 250 participants will be screened/assessed for trauma, SMI/SED/COD, HIV/HVC; 5) 60% will improve functioning in everyday life; 5) 80% will improve social connectedness; 6) 80% will reduce criminal justice involvement; 7) 60% will improve education/ employment status; 8) 100% linked to resources for health insurance, Medicaid/mainstream benefits. #Served: 50 (Year 1-5) = 250 total.


Grantee: COMMUNICARE
Program: Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness
City: OXFORD
State: MS
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM082938-04
Congressional District: 1
FY 2023 Funding: $1,000,000
Project Period: 2020/07/31 - 2024/07/30

Grantee: COMMUNICARE
Program: Grants for Expansion and Sustainability of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances (also known as Children’s Mental Health Initiative)
City: OXFORD
State: MS
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM082975-04
Congressional District: 1
FY 2023 Funding: $1,000,000
Project Period: 2020/08/31 - 2024/08/30

Grantee: COMMUNICARE
Program: FY 2023 Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Improvement and Advancement Grant
City: OXFORD
State: MS
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 SM088944-01
Congressional District: 1
FY 2023 Funding: $1,000,000
Project Period: 2023/09/30 - 2027/09/29

As a qualified local government behavioral health authority and SAMHSA provider with 55 years of proven expertise serving the populations of focus in North Mississippi, the North Mississippi Commission on Mental Illness/Mental Retardation dba Communicare and Designated Collaborative Organizations (DCOs) will transform and advance it CCBHC, by expanding access to integrated coordinated behavioral and primary healthcare. NAME: CCBHC-IA. POPULATIONS SERVED: All individuals across the lifespan who are in need of behavioral health services, including those with SMI; individuals with SUD, including opioid use disorder; children and youth with SED; individuals with COD; and individuals experiencing a mental health or substance us related crisis; and members of the armed forces/veterans/families. Health care access will be prioritized for racial, ethnic, and LBGTQIA+ underserved minorities: 50% male; 49% female; 1% transgender; 50% African American; 2% Hispanic/Latinx; 1% multiracial; 2% veterans/armed forces; 2% HIV+/Hepatitis+ and 45% COD. STRATEGIES: 1) Improve access to care providing a comprehensive range of outreach, screening, assessment, treatment, care coordination, and recovery supports based on a needs assessment with fidelity to the CCBHC Certification Criteria; 2) Support recovery from mental illness and/or substance use disorders by providing access to high-quality mental health and substance use services regardless of an individual's ability to pay or residence; 3) Enhance crisis response with use of standardized screening and quality measures; 4) Use a trauma-informed approach, standardized instruments and symptom rating scales to advance treatment and integrated care; 5) Advance person-centered treatment planning with peer recovery supports, and care coordination; 6) Implement measurement-based care to drive clinical decision-making and inform quality improvement strategies; 7) Create a sustainability plan to ensure financial autonomy; and 8) Ensure CCBHC Accountability Board governance. EBPs: Motivational Interviewing (MI); Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT); Measurement-based care (MBC); Medications for Opioid Use Disorders (MOUD); Rx for Change: Clinician-Assisted Tobacco Cessation; Seeking Safety; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT); Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT); Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR); ACT; Long-Acting Injectables Medical Evaluation/Management; Peer Recovery-Oriented Support Services; and Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP). GOALS: 1) Advance Health Equity and Expanded Access to Care Across the Lifespan; 2) Expand Peer Recovery Oriented Care; 3) Provide Person-Centered Care; 4) Measure Quality Care; 5) Ensure Collaborative Consumer Leadership; 6) Provide Whole-Person Care. OBJECTIVES: 1) 100% timely submission of Disparities Impact Statement, Needs Assessment, and CCBHC Attestation; 2) Increase DCOs by 5% annually; 3) 100% accurate diagnosis and access to person-centered treatment; 4) 80% report high perception of care; 5) 51% consumer involvement in board governance; 6a) 100% will receive physical health measurements and physical examinations; 6b) 100% will receive evidence-based behavioral health services; 6c) 80% will improve mental health functioning; 6d) 80% will reduce substance use; 6e) 80% will improve employment status; 6f) 55% will improve housing stability; 6g) 75% will reduce use of emergency room services; and 6h) 55% will reduce inpatient psychiatric admissions. NUMBERS SERVED: 150 in Years 1-4 = 600 total.


Grantee: COMMUNICARE
Program: Mental Health Awareness Training Grants
City: OXFORD
State: MS
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM084703-03
Congressional District: 1
FY 2023 Funding: $125,000
Project Period: 2021/09/30 - 2026/09/29

Grantee: COMMUNITY COUNSELING SERVICES, INC.
Program: Grants for Expansion and Sustainability of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances
City: WEST POINT
State: MS
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 SM087679-01
Congressional District: 1
FY 2023 Funding: $999,852
Project Period: 2023/09/30 - 2027/09/29

Summary. The Golden Triangle Region System of Care will improve mental health outcomes for children, youth and young adults (birth to age 21) at risk for or with serious emotional disturbance (SED) and their families by expanding access to trauma and grief informed, culturally responsive evidence-based mental health services and related recovery support services, the formation of policy and infrastructure, cross-agency collaboration and sustainable financing for seven rural medically underserved counties in Northeast Mississippi, Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Noxubee, Clay, Webster, Choctaw and Winston. The System of Care expansion will ensure that children, youth, and young adults at risk for or with SED, and their families, receive access to mental health care within their communities, and that co-serving providers coordinate care in a family-friendly and culturally relevant manner. EBPs will include Motivational Interviewing; Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Moral Recognition Therapy; SPARCS; QPR; MHFA; Coping and Support Training; Illness, Management and Recovery; ARISE Life Skills Curricula; Second Step Program; Skills Streaming; The Prepare Curriculum; youth/family peers. Project Name: Golden Triangle Region System of Care. Populations served: Birth to age 21; 48% Female; 49% Male; 2% Transgender; 3% LGBTQI+; 70% African American; 3% Hispanic/Latinx; 1% American Indian; 50% trauma-involved; 45% COD; 85% at or below poverty level; 2% age birth to five; 10% age 5-9 year; 35% age 13-15 years; and 39% age 6-21 years. Strategies: The SOC expands trauma and grief informed care, cultural and linguistically responsive evidence-based mental health services, suicide prevention and intervention, policy development with a co-serving network of agencies strengthening transitional planning, integrated mental health treatment with cross-agency care coordination coupled with wraparound recovery support services with linkages to vocational counseling, education services, primary healthcare, dental, substance abuse prevention, stable housing, including independent living. Each participant will work with a care team that facilitates the identification and implementation of an individualized service plan in partnership with the child/youth, family, supports to achieve their personal goals. The SOC expansion will include family/youth peer support, family and youth leadership development, mentoring, and youth-guided activities. Goals: 1) Expand, integrate and sustain the SOC improving access, infrastructure and sustainable financing while ensuring a flexible, innovative CQI approach, cross-agency collaboration, implementing trauma/grief informed care; 2) Meaningfully involve children, youth and young adult consumers and family/caregivers in their own care and the broader governance of the SOC; 3) Facilitate a network of co-serving providers wrapped around the system of care who use trauma and grief-informed care, evidence-based practices and programs to assess, screen, treat, and manage mental health, including suicide risk; 4) Improve mental health functioning, embedding evidence-based and evidence-informed services and supports in early childhood, youth and young adult intervention services and mental health disorders treatment; 5) Improve health equity with targeted outreach in underserved communities to engage racial, ethnic and LGBTQI+ minorities into SOC services. Objectives: Between 9/30/23-9/29/27: 1) 100% of 400 will improve access; 2) 80% will improve mental illness functioning; 3) 80% will improve employment/education; 4) 80% will reduce criminal justice involvement; 5) 80% will improve housing stability; 6) 80% will reduce admissions to inpatient psychiatric hospitals; 7) 80% will improve social connectedness; and 8) 85% will report high client perceptions of care. # served: 100 in Year(s) 1-4, totaling 400 in four years.


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