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NC Discretionary Funding Fiscal Year 2017

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Grantee: CENTER FOR CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES, INC.
Program: NCTSI III
City: DURHAM
State: NC
Grant Award Number: 5 U79 SM063269-02
Congressional District: 4
FY 2017 Funding: $398,860
Project Period: 2016/09/30 - 2021/09/29

The Center for Child and Family Health's (CCFH) Project Connect: Promoting Recovery from Childhood Trauma will increase access to and improve the quality of trauma-focused treatments and services for children, adolescents, and their families who experience traumatic events. CCFH targets youth from birth to 21 and their families who are affected by trauma and psychosocial adversity.

Project Connect will (1) increase access to and use of trauma treatment in the CCFH outpatient clinic for children and families through use of engagement strategies; (2) provide a more comprehensive array of direct outpatient evidence-based trauma-informed treatments and services for children and adolescents and their caregivers using current treatment models
to reduce trauma and mental health symptoms in 370 children and caregivers annually; (3) enhance screening and assessment of children and their caregivers for the presence of co-occurring mental and substance use disorders, serving 1,485 additional children and caregivers annually; (4) provide training on trauma-informed practices to child-serving service systems, training at least 170 professionals, resource parents, and graduate students; (5) enhance sustainability of trauma efforts beyond SAMHSA grant funding by collaborating with NC Division of Social Services, NC Division of Mental Health, and local MCO management to address policy and fiscal opportunities and challenges; and (6) raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, families, and communities locally and nationally through participation in SAMHSA and NCTSN activities (e.g., workgroups, committees, collaborations with TSA and CTS centers) and meet all NOMS and IPP goals. Taken together, these Project Connect activities will benefit 1,855 unduplicated children and caregivers annually, for a total of 9,275 individuals over the course of the project.


Grantee: NATIONAL BOARD FOR CERTIFIED COUNSELORS, INC.
Program: MFP
City: GREENSBORO
State: NC
Grant Award Number: 5 T06 SM060780-06
Congressional District: 13
FY 2017 Funding: $793,975
Project Period: 2012/08/01 - 2018/07/31

The National Board of Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program (NBCC MFP) will expand access to culturally and clinically appropriate care for underserved ethnic minority populations with mental health or substance abuse disorders. The NBCC MFP will accomplish this by providing training to diverse professional counselors on culturally competent treatment strategies. Fellows will provide leadership in research, practice and education to ethnic minority populations.


Grantee: NATIONAL BOARD FOR CERTIFIED COUNSELORS, INC.
Program: NITT-MFP-Y
City: GREENSBORO
State: NC
Grant Award Number: 5 T06 SM061723-04
Congressional District: 13
FY 2017 Funding: $532,200
Project Period: 2014/09/30 - 2018/09/29

NBCC MFP-Y Program aims to expand access to culturally and clinically appropriate behavioral health care for underserved youth. The NBCC MFP-Y will award 40 master's level fellowships per year, and provide additional training to these and other professional counselors on culturally competent treatment for youth. These strategies will reduce health disparities by increasing the pool of culturally competent professional counselors who are available to underserved children, adolescent, and transitioning youth populations in public and private nonprofit sectors.


Grantee: NC DIV OF MH/DEVELOP DISABIL & SUB AUBSE
Program: Crisis Counseling
City: RALEIGH
State: NC
Grant Award Number: 1 H07 SM000383-01
Congressional District: 4
FY 2017 Funding: $1,560,937
Project Period: 2017/07/01 - 2017/12/30

Crisis Counseling


Grantee: NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY
Program: GLS CAMPUS SUICIDE PREVENTION GRANT
City: DURHAM
State: NC
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 SM080085-01
Congressional District: 1
FY 2017 Funding: $102,000
Project Period: 2017/09/30 - 2020/09/29

The North Carolina Central University Honest Conversations in Safe Spaces Suicide Prevention Program will strengthen NCCU’s capacity and infrastructure to provide coordinated behavioral health programming that promotes mental health and suicide prevention. This comprehensive program will include campus/community collaborations, gate keeper training, and mental health promotion programming that targets those students considered at greater risk of suicide. Using a public health model, the project will bring together community and campus stakeholders as members of a Suicide Prevention Coordinating Committee which will be tasked with developing a comprehensive suicide prevention effort that includes the development of a suicide response protocol that campus mental health professionals and other administrators will follow when working with students with suicidal behavior and an organized tracking or monitoring system for those students. In addition, to reduce the risk of suicidal behavior, the proposed program will implement specific mental health promotion interventions and strategies to reduce risk factors associated with suicide, while also enhancing protective factors. While these strategies will be available to the entire NCCU student population of mostly African American students, a special focus will be placed on programming with targeted groups of students who are considered at high risk for suicide, including students who identify as LGBTQ, students with disabilities and veterans and military affiliated students. Goals for the program are described as follows: • To assemble a network of collaborators, a Suicide Prevention Coordinating Committee, who will provide advice, collaboration and resources for the development and implementation of suicide prevention initiatives and a written protocol for responding to students in crisis. • To produce and distribute to students, faculty, staff, written material and media messages related to mental health and suicide prevention. • To develop and provide to NCCU’s gatekeepers training that increases the campus community’s awareness of risk and protective factors of suicide, promotes help seeking behavior, and reduces stigma related to mental health and substance abuse disorders. • To develop and deliver culturally relevant programming which increases the awareness of mental health and substance abuse and reduces the stigma attached to mental health and mental health treatment with the general student population and with the targeted high risk groups. Specific interventions include focus groups with students from the targeted groups to achieve cultural competence of programs and materials, signature campus wide health promotion events, and on-line interactive training tools specifically designed for the targeted groups.


Grantee: NORTH CAROLINA FAMILIES UNITED, INC.
Program: Statewide Family Network Program
City: GRAHAM
State: NC
Grant Award Number: 5 HR1 SM063012-02
Congressional District: 6
FY 2017 Funding: $95,000
Project Period: 2016/06/01 - 2019/05/31

North Carolina Families United Statewide Family Network, will support and sustain the infrastructure that is essential to ensure an independent family and youth voice in our communities and state so that they might be the driving force behind system transformation in the children's mental health arena and enable families and youth to navigate the system of care and make wise mental health care decisions. The population of focus to be served through the Statewide Family Network (SFN) are families of children and youth (ages 0-26 with behavioral or mental health challenges throughout North Carolina.


Grantee: PARTNERS BEHAVIORAL HEALTH MANAGEMENT
Program: SYSTEM OF CARE
City: GASTONIA
State: NC
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 SM080143-01
Congressional District: 10
FY 2017 Funding: $1,000,000
Project Period: 2017/09/30 - 2021/09/29

ABSTRACT The Partners North Carolina Systems of Care Expansion Project (PNC-SOC) will expand SOC to 4 counties in West/Central NC, serving 100-410 youth annually (1,100 total) with SED/SMI or first episode psychosis and families. High Fidelity Wraparound (HFW) and Whole Person Integrated Care (WPIC) are introduced along with additional evidence-based practices. A comprehensive systems-based evaluation sets the stage for continued expansion. The systems based Collective Impact (CI) model is merged with Quadruple Aim (Q-A) as a way to build wider, deeper and more sustainable service and support networks for the SOC. This is coupled with providing the evidence-based Positive Parenting Program (Triple P), Buffering Toxic Stress (BTS) and Transitions to Independence (TIP) interventions. The project will meet 7 goals. Goal 1: To prioritize and address health disparities and social determinants of health that contribute to life adversity and toxic stress identified as key County and State level priorities for establishing healthy families and communities through implementation of the State SOC Strategic Plan and a local comprehensive needs assessment integrated with the SOC Readiness Assessment specific to this project. Goal 2: To continue to develop and implement a sustainable plan for enhancing the ability of the workforce to implement SOC infrastructure and services with fidelity in each expansion county. Goal 3: To ensure a comprehensive, modern continuum of mental health and substance use services that extends from promotion and prevention to crisis stabilization and chronic conditions, including healthcare, employment, housing, education, informal youth supports, trauma screening and trauma-informed care, is evidence-based, includes all required activities, while using Public Health approaches to address disparities in access, service use, and outcomes. Goal 4: To facilitate and support grantee communities to implement system change for SOC expansion that includes the full participation of family and youth at all stages of the process. Goal 5: To improve integration of services and a sustainable infrastructure within and between counties that is consistent with SOC through implementation and synthesis of an Integrated Model (CI, Q-A,WPIC, and HFW). Goal 6: To utilize successful engagement strategies from the state level SOC implementation to continue to develop and implement a culturally and linguistically competent Social Marketing and Strategic Communications plan designed to promote the health of and positively affect social inclusion of children and youth with SED and their families. Goal 7: To use a participatory and CI consistent evaluation model to evaluate the project and assess the performance measures specified in the FOA as well as objectives and outcomes specific to this project. Twenty-three measurable objectives along with six formative/implementation and outcome questions and six CI/systems based outcomes will ensure the program is implemented with quality. This will result in extensive documentation and development of products (e.g. Strategic Financing Plan) to continue to replicate and expand the model formulated into an Integrated System of Care Plan (ISCP).


Grantee: UNIV OF NORTH CAROLINA CHAPEL HILL
Program: NITT-AWARE-C
City: CHAPEL HILL
State: NC
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM062789-03
Congressional District: 4
FY 2017 Funding: $122,293
Project Period: 2015/09/30 - 2018/09/29

The Behavioral Healthcare Resource Program (BHRP) at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill's School of Social Work will implement Now is the Time, Carolina! To train 2,400 faculty and staff in Mental Health First Aid. UNC has 29,135 students and 80% of those are ages 21 or below. A survey of a sample of the students at UNC shows that 18% of students scored positive on the PHQ-9 criteria for depression, 20% scored positive on the GAD-7 screening for an anxiety disorder, and 43% had engaged in binge drinking within the previous two weeks. Despite these rates of occurrence, national and state data indicate that about 55% of students with a mental health or substance use disorder did not receive treatment for those conditions in the previous twelve months. 600 faculty and staff will be trained in the Higher Education supplement of MHFA in Year 1 and 900 in each of Years 2 and 3 of the project. This number will equate to 20% of the campus employees, effectively saturating the students' environment with MH First Aiders. The success of this project will be measured by the following outcomes: 20% of the UNC employee community will become certified Mental Health First Aiders; student perception of the campus community's negative impact on students' emotional wellbeing will improve from the current 52%; student reported rates of depression (positive scores on the PHQ-9) will decrease from the baseline of 18%; student reported rates of anxiety disorders (positive scores on the GAD-7) will decrease from the baseline of 20%; student reported rates of binge drinking will decrease below the baseline score of 43% of students answering yes that they have binged on alcohol in the previous two weeks; and the number of referrals to CAPS will increase, indicating more of the student need is being met.


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Grantee: ALAMANCE CITIZENS FOR A DRUG FREE COMMUNITY
Program: DFC
City: SNOW CAMP
State: NC
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SP018346-07
Congressional District: 6
FY 2017 Funding: $125,000
Project Period: 2011/09/30 - 2021/09/29

The coalition will prevent and reduce youth substance use by implementing the following strategies: implementing science-based prevention strategies that establish and strengthen collaboration among an array of sectors in the community in order to prevent underage drinking, excessive alcohol use and prescription and over the counter medicine abuse.


Grantee: ALCOHOL AND DRUG SERVICES OF GUILFORD, INC.
Program: DFC NEW
City: HIGH POINT
State: NC
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 SP080047-01
Congressional District: 13
FY 2017 Funding: $125,000
Project Period: 2017/09/30 - 2022/09/29

Drug-Free Communities Support Program Application Community Overview Guilford County is located in the state of North Carolina. It is a 658 square mile area located in the north central part of the state. With a diverse population of 512,119 (US Census Bureau, 2014), Guilford County is the 3rd largest county in the state. Guilford County is comprised of two major urban areas, Greensboro and High Point. Greensboro with a population of 282,586 accounts for the majority of residents that live within the county (55%) followed by High Point with a population of 108,629 accounting for approximately 21% of the county’s residents. The county’s population consists of 58% Caucasian, 34% African-American, 8% Hispanic/Latino and 5% Asian. Guilford County experienced a 16% increase in its population between 2000 and 2010 with the largest population group occurring among the Hispanic/Latino community. Guilford County, once an industrial-based center, has been faced with difficult economic challenges over the last several years with the decline/closing of its major industries, textile, and furniture manufacturing. Individuals and families in Guilford County are still dealing with the impact of the economic recession. As of December 2015, 5.3% of residents are unemployed and 17.3% live below the poverty level with 25% of those younger than 18 years old living in poverty. It is interesting to note that since 1938, an additional county court has been located in High Point, making Guilford County one of only a handful of counties nationwide with a dual court system. Guilford County consists of 11 municipalities and 15 townships. In addition to the two major urban areas (Greensboro and High Point), the county includes the following suburban and rural communities: Browns Summit, Gibsonville, Jamestown, Oak Ridge, Pleasant Garden, Sedalia, Stokesdale, Summerfield, and Whitsett. Guilford County has one public school district that has 127 schools and serves over 72,000 students. The county also has 35 private schools and 8 charter schools. Noteworthy is the American Hebrew Academy which is the nation’s first and only pluralistic Jewish Boarding School. The higher education community consists of 8 major colleges and universities as well as several satellite campuses. There are 4 law enforcement agencies: High Point Police Department, Greensboro Police Department, Gibsonville Police Department and the county Sheriff’s Office. The county has several private and public health entities including but not limited to: Guilford County Department of Public Health, Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine, Cone Health System, and High Point Regional Health System (UNC Healthcare). There are several “communities within the community”. Guilford County is a refugee resettlement area that hosts thousands of refugees from Asia, Africa and South and Central America. In addition, the county has one of three Urban Survivors Unions within the United States. Also known as “user unions”; this “union” of active users engages in grassroots harm reduction efforts. This reflects the community’s longstanding reputation as the heroin capital of the southeast (particularly High Point).


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