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PR Discretionary Funding Fiscal Year 2016

Center: CMHS

Grantee: MENTAL HEALTH/ANTI-ADDICTION SRVS ADMIN
Program: SOC Expansion and Sustainability Coop
City: BAYAMON
State: PR
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 SM063414-01
Congressional District: 98
FY 2016 Funding: $1,000,000
Project Period: 2016/09/30 - 2020/09/29

The Mental Health and Anti-Addiction Services Administration (MHAASA) is the SSA for Puerto Rico and is proposing a System of Care Initiative (PR-SOCI) to expand the SOC and the Wraparound Strategy for SED children/youth/families to the Western Region of PR, to serve 300 clients in the 4-year grant period, in collaboration with the Health Insurance Administration, APS provider, PR Department of Family, CBO's and other partnering entities. The proposed catchment area is comprised of 15 municipalities: Mayaguez, Aguada, Aguadilla, Anasco, Hormigueros, Las Marias, Moca, Rincon, San German, Cabo Rojo, Lajas, Maricao, Rincon, Isabela, and San Sebastian. The principal purpose of the PR SOC Initiative (PR-SOCI) Project is to expand the family-driven and youth guided system of care (SOC) to populations in need in the Western Health Region. The second purpose is to sustain systemic changes by achieving the adoption of the SOC as the service-delivery model for MH services to children and youth in PR's public health system. The expected outcomes at territory level include changes in policies and procedures, development of financing structures that work in the current healthcare environment and development of a blueprint that can be used throughout the territory to expand the use of the SOC Model for treatment of children with SED.


Grantee: MENTAL HEALTH/ANTI-ADDICTION SRVS ADMIN
Program: AOT
City: BAYAMON
State: PR
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 SM063535-01
Congressional District: 98
FY 2016 Funding: $700,000
Project Period: 2016/09/30 - 2020/09/29

The proposed Puerto Rico Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) Project is directed to implementing and evaluating a new AOT program in partnership with behavioral health entities that provide an array of evidence-based treatment and the criminal justice system, including the mental health courts. The principal purpose of the project is to provide access to Individuals with Serious Mental Illness residents of the Western Region of Puerto Rico to evidence based services that reduce the incidence and duration of psychiatric hospitalizations, homelessness and interactions with the criminal justice system while improving their health and social outcomes. By improving the quality and effectiveness of outpatient treatment services, the proposed project will be directed to accomplishing the following goals: (1) Improve the quality and effectiveness of assisted outpatient treatment services through the implementation of two strategies: a) implement EBPs for individuals with SMI who are processed by Mayaguez MH Court as a pilot project; and b) develop a wraparound services system to ensure a comprehensive MH services delivery; (2) Reduce the incidence and duration of psychiatric hospitalization, homelessness, incarcerations and interactions with criminal justice system of individuals with SMI; (3) Improve the PR -AOT participant's health and social outcomes through their participation in an array of services provided by multiple agencies, including the MH court of the PR Courts Administration, the MHAASA Mayaguez Services Center, substance abuse treatment providers, primary health care providers, temporary and permanent shelter and permanent housing providers, public and private social services providers, training and employment services providers, and entities offering family and peer supports. MHAASA will serve 75 individuals with SMI and their families for the first year and 300 individuals through the lifetime of the project.


Grantee: PUERTO RICO HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Program: Project Launch
City: SAN JUAN
State: PR
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM061550-03
Congressional District: 98
FY 2016 Funding: $800,000
Project Period: 2014/09/30 - 2019/09/29

The purpose of the Puerto Rico's Project Launch project is to promote wellness of young children from birth to 8 years of age by addressing the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and behavioral aspects of their development. The goal is to create a shared vision for the wellness of young children that drives the development of alliances for the coordination of services and the integration of behavioral and physical health services at the Fajardo Region by October, 2014. The objectives to achieve the goal are: 1) Develop a profile of needs within the first five months of the grant, 2) Develop a local level strategic plan in the first seven months of Project Launch; 3) To offer developmental and cognitive assessments to children from Head Start to 2nd grade at the school community and pediatric centers at the Fajardo Region, 4)Integrate behavioral health into primary care settings through training of professionals on early childhood needs and parenting skills, health screenings at the day care and school settings and referrals to health clinics; 5) Offer mental health consultation through school counseling and Incredible Years curricula; 6) Offer education and early screening as a primary prevention strategy to high risk families through a home visiting nurse initiative; 7) Strengthen family relationships through parenting skills curricula; 8) Develop interpersonal skills at the school community through the Incredible Years curricula from pre-school to second grade, and offer education to students, parents and teachers using the curricula "Incredible Years" and 9) Integrate a Task Force for the Launch Project within ongoing Committees at the Executive Office and local (regional) level to develop policies and alliances to promote child wellness at the Fajardo Region.


Grantee: UNIVERSIDAD CENTRAL DEL CARIBE
Program: NITT-AWARE-C
City: BAYAMON
State: PR
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM062683-02
Congressional District: 98
FY 2016 Funding: $125,000
Project Period: 2015/09/30 - 2018/09/29

The Institute of Research, Education, and Services in Addiction (IRESA) of the Universidad Central del Caribe (UCC), School of Medicine proposes Project AWARE-Puerto Rico. AWARE-Puerto Rico will target the municipalities of Canovanas, Loiza, Rio Grande, and Luquillo, Puerto Rico (part of the School District of Canovanas). This project is a capacity building initiative seeking to train four school representatives, one health educator, and the coordinator of the program in the Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) curriculum. After these resources become YMHFA instructors they will provide training to 1,440 individuals that interact on regularly basis with school adolescents 12-18 years old over the next three years. The purpose of this project is to build and expand the capacity of communities to detect and respond to behavioral health issues impacting school adolescents 12-18 years and connect those youth with behavioral health need services. This will be accomplished by increasing the mental health literacy of adults who interact with adolescents or transition-aged youth; increasing the capacity of adults within communities to respond to the behavioral health issues of adolescents or transition-aged youth, conducting outreach and engagement strategies with adolescents or transition-aged youth and their families or caregivers to increase awareness of and promote positive behavioral health, linking adolescents with behavioral health issues to mental, emotional, and behavioral health assistance and services; and increasing the number of collaborative partnerships with relevant youth-serving community agencies and programs.


Grantee: UNIVERSITY OF PUERTO RICO RIO PIEDRAS
Program: NITT-AWARE-C
City: SAN JUAN
State: PR
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM062668-02
Congressional District: 98
FY 2016 Funding: $125,000
Project Period: 2015/09/30 - 2018/09/29

The University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras Campus's (UPR-RP) goal is to increase awareness and knowledge of mental health and first aid in San Juan, Puerto Rico (PR), and to facilitate access for TAY to mental or behavioral health services. Suicide is the third leading cause of violent death in Puerto Rico among TAY 15 to 24 years old, and as much as 48% of the general population has been estimated to suffer from a mental health condition. Studies at UPRRP have shown that over 50% of a representative sample of freshman students reported depression symptoms and 27% reported anxiety symptoms. In addition, studies with high-school students and higher education students show a high consumption of alcohol and substances in the past 30 days previous to surveys, a higher incidence of binge drinking, and a higher incidence of violent behaviors compared to the United States (U.S.) mainland. The municipality of San Juan (SJ) is among the most violent in PR, with one of the highest murder and robbery rates in both PR and the U.S. mainland. Most victims of murder are typically males between 15 and 29 years old, while most victims of domestic violence are women 20 to 24 years old. Expected measurable outcomes of the project include: at least 12 mental health professionals trained as instructors in MHFA; 12 MHFA instructors keeping their certification by the end of the grant; a total of 1,890 MHFAs trained; at least 20 public high-schools from SJ targeted; at least 10 institutions of higher education targeted; at least one correctional institution targeted; at least 75 parents of freshman students at UPR-RP trained; increase in peer counselors trained as MHFAs.


Center: CSAP

Grantee: COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER/ UNIV/PR
Program: MSI CBO
City: SAN JUAN
State: PR
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SP021376-02
Congressional District: 98
FY 2016 Funding: $270,000
Project Period: 2015/09/30 - 2018/09/29

The purpose of the Youth Prevention Program (YPREV) is to promote the implementation of culturally competent evidence-based interventions that will determine and address need, provide HIV prevention, capacity building, testing and linkage for young men who have sex with men (YMSM) 18-24 from the University and its surrounding communities of the Western Region of Puerto Rico.


Grantee: CORPORACION DE SALUD ASEGURADA POR NUESTRA ORGANIZACIN SOLIDARIA, INC. (SANOS)
Program: HIV CBI
City: CAGUAS
State: PR
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SP021199-02
Congressional District: 98
FY 2016 Funding: $271,991
Project Period: 2015/09/30 - 2020/09/29

The purpose of the Program Youth Awareness (YA) project is to expand HIV outreach and prevention strategies in the city of Caguas, PR. YA will use a selective prevention approach and provide substance use, HIV and Viral Hepatitis outreach, prevention, education, and intervention to high-risk youth actively or starting to use alcohol and other drugs (AOD). Program YA will serve 500 at risk youth per year (approximately 2,500 in 5 years) and outreach an estimated 12,000 over a 5-year period.


Grantee: FUNDACION CHANA GOLDSTEIN Y SAMUEL LEVIS, INC.
Program: DFC
City: SAN JUAN
State: PR
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SP020977-02
Congressional District: 98
FY 2016 Funding: $125,000
Project Period: 2015/09/30 - 2020/09/29

The Coalition will prevent and reduce youth substance use by implementing the following strategies: increasing community collaboration by promoting community activism, alliances, collaboration, networking and coordination of multi-sector community efforts in support of stringent enforcement of youth alcohol and tobacco sale and consumption regulations in Trujillo Alto; implementing social marketing to promote community and businesses engagement in preventing and reducing alcohol and tobacco use among youth; engaging at least 100 youth in individual and group coalition activities; and implementing and convening a Foro Comunitario (community forum) where youth can receive, integrate and discuss effective alcohol/tobacco prevention communications messages, data, strategies and other related information.


Grantee: MENTAL HEALTH/ANTI-ADDICTION SRVS ADMIN
Program: SPF-PFS
City: BAYAMON
State: PR
Grant Award Number: 5 U79 SP020770-02
Congressional District: 98
FY 2016 Funding: $735,018
Project Period: 2015/09/30 - 2020/09/29

The Puerto Rico PFS 2015 will develop and implement community based interventions for the prevention of underage alcohol use. The population will target six communities of Puerto Rico (PR) where underage drinking is prevalent among adolescents. The goals of the project are 1) strengthening capacity and infrastructure for assessment of underage drinking at the state and community levels 2) strengthening capacity and infrastructure for effective prevention of underage drinking both at the state and community levels, 3) coordinating effective implementation of strategic planning at the state and local level for the reduction of underage drinking, and 4) mobilizing community organizations and resources to deliver multi-level effective evidence based prevention services that include promotion of emotional health and wellness directed at reducing underage drinking.


Grantee: OFICINA PARA LA PROMOCION Y EL DESAR HUM
Program: DFC
City: ARECIBO
State: PR
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SP020889-02
Congressional District: 98
FY 2016 Funding: $125,000
Project Period: 2015/09/30 - 2020/09/29

The Coalition will prevent and reduce youth substance use by implementing the following strategies: provide information to key community stakeholders about use and consequences of underage abuse of alcohol and prescription drugs; enhance skills of staff and coalition members on issues related to substance abuse and prevention strategies; provide support for the creation of partnerships at the community level; reduce barriers implementing compliance check and social marketing campaigns promoting the prevention of alcohol and prescription drugs the community in Morovis; provide incentives to the most prominent members of the coalition and business owners that support the efforts of the project throughout the year; change the physical design to increase the visibility of the coalition in the municipality; and modify or extend existing policies of the coalition and staff, and regulations that restrict sale of alcoholic beverages and prescription drugs.


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