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WV Discretionary Funding Fiscal Year 2018

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Grantee: BLUEFIELD STATE COLLEGE
Program: Campus Suicide Prevention
City: BLUEFIELD
State: WV
Grant Award Number: 5 U79 SM062493-03
Congressional District: 3
FY 2018 Funding: $102,000
Project Period: 2016/09/30 - 2019/09/29

The "Bluefield State College (BSC) Student-Led, Community-Based Partnership for Suicide Awareness and Prevention Program" will serve a quarter million residents in the southern region of West Virginia, including BSC students and staff, the City of Bluefield and the surrounding counties of Mercer, McDowell, Raleigh and Kanawha. This program's aim is to prevent suicide in southern West Virginia through education and community activism. BSC's suicide prevention program will use Student Peer Leaders (SPEs) and a Community Outreach Educator (COE) to head its program. BSC will partner with Respect and Care (ResCare), a private healthcare agency, for educational support, referral services and to provide summer internships in healthcare education for BSC students. Program activities will be open to all BSC students, staff and area residents and will include an annual, one-day suicide prevention awareness fair; educational seminars; the reinstatement of a web page on BSC's website devoted to suicide prevention that will link to national and local life-response agencies and telephone hotlines; educational brochures that will be distributed to students and area residents; and on-campus counseling services for BSC students.


Grantee: FMRS HEALTH SYSTEMS, INC.
Program: NCTSI III
City: BECKLEY
State: WV
Grant Award Number: 5 U79 SM063104-03
Congressional District: 3
FY 2018 Funding: $399,028
Project Period: 2016/09/30 - 2021/09/29

The Resilience for Appalachian Youth (RAPP) Community Treatment and Services Center will serve children/adolescents and families (including veterans) who experience multiple traumatic experiences in an 11 county area of southern West Virginia known for poverty, poor health, drug-addicted young parents and minimal access to services.

The purpose of RAPP is to increase trauma-informed services across child-serving agencies in WV and to increase evidence-based trauma treatment to children and adolescents ages 4-18. RAPP is a partnership of three community based, comprehensive behavioral health centers, FMRS Health Systems, Inc., Southern Highlands Community Mental Health Center and Seneca Health Services. Together, they will train 25 therapists and supervisors who will provide evidence-based trauma treatment to 6,120 children/adolescents and their families over a five year period (600 in Y1; 1160 in Y2; 1340 in Y3; 1500 in Y4; 1520 Y5).

The goals of RAPP are to:
o increase awareness of childhood trauma and trauma-informed practices throughout the state and across agencies who provide children's services.
o provide training in evidence based treatment (PCIT and TF-CBT), including web-based, on-site and virtual training, to therapists throughout southern West Virginia.
o increase evidence-based treatment to children/adolescents with identified trauma in each of the three partnering centers via center, school-based and expanded use of telehealth.
o collaborate with CBHCs in the state, the Children's Services Division of the WV Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities to develop/promote policies supporting the implementation of trauma-informed services and practices across the state.

RAPP will collaborate with consumers and community agency leaders and a strong evaluation team to implement the project and maintain long term sustainability. RAPP will improve the quality of life and resilience of WV children and families.


Grantee: HAMPSHIRE COUNTY PATHWAYS, INC.
Program: Statewide Consumer Network Program
City: ROMNEY
State: WV
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 SM080845-01
Congressional District: 2
FY 2018 Funding: $95,000
Project Period: 2018/09/30 - 2021/09/29

Through a collaboration between the West Virginia Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities (BBHHF) Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) Policy Initiative and West Virginia P.E.E.R. Summit representatives, Hampshire County Pathways, Inc. (HCPI) has developed a strategic plan to establish a Statewide Consumer Network to serve, support, and empower adults in the state living with a Serious Mental Illness (SMI) diagnosis. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, West Virginia has an estimated rural population of over 950,000 (approximately 51.2%), which may require lengthy trips to reach health care of any type, including behavioral health services. Community-based behavioral health services are mostly non-existent in outlying regions. The report estimated that there are approximately 79,000 adults in West Virginia with a Serious Mental Illness (5.5%), higher than the national average (4.2%). According to the 2017 Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) report, the suicide rate for individuals with mood disorders is 25 times higher than among the general population. West Virginia has joined the ranks of states training, credentialing, and employing Peer Support workers to bridge the gaps in the recovery continuum for people with mental health challenges. Stemming from a foundation of lived experience, Peer Support activities include: advocating for people in recovery; sharing resources; building skills; building community and relationships; leading recovery groups; mentoring and setting goals; and educating the public and policymakers. The HCPI Statewide Consumer Network has three goals: 1) to improve the quality of and access to statewide peer support and recovery-oriented, integrated treatment, services, and support; 2) to emphasize and build consumer leadership within consumer-operated organizations and the community; 3) and to build the capacity and sustainability of statewide consumer network in West Virginia. During the initial stages, the primary focus will be on infrastructure development, via promoting improved practices and policies for increased consumer involvement for adults with SMI, including under-served or under-represented populations; supporting the development and implementation of statewide processes addressing peer support for consumers; promoting consumer engagement across the state via collaborations with state and provider agencies, partnerships with consumer-operated and other organizations, focus groups, and other mechanisms; and developing and implementing a plan for sustainability for the network when grant funding ends. HCPI anticipates facilitating the engagement of approximately 75% of West Virginia consumer provider programs and services and approximately 250 individual consumers in the development of the Statewide Consumer Network by the end of the third year of funding.


Grantee: MARSHALL UNIVERSITY
Program: GLS Campus Suicide
City: HUNTINGTON
State: WV
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 SM080445-01
Congressional District: 3
FY 2018 Funding: $102,000
Project Period: 2018/09/30 - 2021/09/29

Marshall University Suicide Prevention Education Across Campus (MU-SPEAC) program is a collaborative approach between multiple academic and campus departments, including: Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, Public Health, Nursing, Physical Therapy, the School of Pharmacy, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Counseling Center, MU Wellness Center, Office of Veteran's Affairs, Behavioral Health and Psychology Clinic, LGBTQ Office, Women's Center, Office of Student Conduct, MU INTO Program, University Residence Halls, Student Support (first generation support), and the Athletic Department. MU-SPEAC will create a comprehensive public health approach to assist individuals at risk for suicidal behavior and to create a safer campus community. The program will also partner with state and community organizations that provide behavioral health support and suicide prevention education. MU-SPEAC will create a campus Advisory Team to provide education and services to prevent suicide among Marshall students. ALL MU students, including specific targeted populations (veterans, athletes, individuals who identify as LGBTQ, first generation, freshmen, medical students, professional groups and other at-risk groups) will be the population served by the programs and services provided in this grant. The taskforce will be comprised of campus and community stakeholders, including students. MU is a multi-campus, public university that provides undergraduate and graduate education to 13,000 students in West Virginia. MU-SPEAC is a public health approach that will consist of developing and providing culturally sensitive training to teach staff and faculty the necessary skills to provide evidence-based screening and intervention for individuals who are at risk for suicidal behavior and other related risk factor behaviors, such as substance misuse. This public health approach will target students at the universal, selective, and indicated levels. Universal strategies will target the entire MU student body to increase population based health and prevention. Specific programs at the level will include: education, gatekeeper training, awareness activities, social marketing, and working to increase help-seeking behavior, while decreasing stigma. Selected populations who have been shown to be at risk for suicide behavior, mental health concerns, and substance misuse will be targeted with suicide prevention strategies. Finally, MU-SPEAC will provide targeted clinical and prevention strategies toward Indicated groups on campus. These will be students who have made a suicide attempt, are in treatment for depression and anxiety, express suicidal thoughts/ideation and plans, are survivors of loss due to suicide, are recovering from substance misuse, and who are survivors of loss due to substance misuse. The MU-SPEAC grant will provide a collaborative framework to develop and implement a comprehensive public health approach using evidence-based programs and practices to address suicide on Marshall University's campus


Grantee: MOUNTAIN STATE PARENTS CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENT NETWORK, INC.
Program: Statewide Family Networks
City: MCMECHEN
State: WV
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 SM080842-01
Congressional District: 1
FY 2018 Funding: $95,000
Project Period: 2018/10/01 - 2021/09/30

The Mountain State Parents Children and Adolescent Network (MSP-CAN) has developed a Statewide Family Network project to ensure self-sufficient, empowered networks that will effectively participate in family-centered mental health services planning and better respond to the needs of West Virginia children and you with SED and their families. The overall goal of MSP-CAN's Statewide Family Network Program is to better respond to the needs of west Virginia children and youth with SED and their families by providing information, referral and support and to facilitate greater participation of families in state and local mental health services planning and policy development. This ambitious yet attainable goal will be met by achieving the following objectives: 1. Provide workshops addressing children and youth with SED in partnership with local family organizations; 2. Support the development of parent/family support providers, including training and certification; 3. Attend and participate in local and state meetings and conferences at least twice a month in order to provide information about mental health issues affecting children and youth with SED and to provide input and feedback about service and system planning; and 4. Provide information about children and youth with SED to the public through newsletters and cultivation of existing and expanded relationships with local family organizations.


Grantee: WEST VIRGINIA STATE DEPT HLTH/HUMAN RSCS
Program: CABHI
City: CHARLESTON
State: WV
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM063385-03
Congressional District: 2
FY 2018 Funding: $688,871
Project Period: 2016/09/30 - 2019/09/29

The West Virginia's Cooperative Agreement to Benefit Homeless Individuals, in partnership with four Continuums of Care, proposes to enhance and expand the infrastructure and mental health and substance abuse treatment services for the homeless and chronically homeless. The program will serve individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness and have substance use disorders (SUDs), serious mental illnesses, serious emotional disturbances, or co-occurring disorders. This includes chronically homeless individuals, homeless or chronically homeless veterans, and homeless families and youth. Goals include: (1) enhance the State's infrastructure to provide effective, accessible treatment and recovery support services to the homeless and chronically homeless and create a more integrated and collaborative system of care for veterans, nonveterans, families, and youth experiencing homelessness who have mental health disorders and SUDs; (2) homeless individuals or families will access sustainable permanent housing; (3) housed participants will sustain permanent housing; (4) participants will receive direct mental health and/or substance abuse treatment; (5) participants will receive case management and peer support recovery services designed to improve access to and retention in services; and (6) participants will enroll in mainstream benefits they qualify for, including Medicaid, SSI, SSDI, TANF, SNAP, and veteran benefits. On the state level, the program will enhance the existing West Virginia Interagency Council on Homelessness to coordinate efforts across service areas and develop statewide strategies to end homelessness. On the local level, 245 individuals will be served annually, using evidence-based practices, including the Vulnerability Index-Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool, Services Prioritization and Decision Assistance Tool, Housing First strategies, Critical Time Intervention, Trauma-Informed Care, and Motivational Interviewing.


Grantee: WEST VIRGINIA STATE DEPT HLTH/HUMAN RSCS
Program: Project Launch
City: CHARLESTON
State: WV
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM061553-05
Congressional District: 2
FY 2018 Funding: $722,800
Project Period: 2014/09/30 - 2019/09/29

West Virginia intends to enhance collaboration through increased screenings and mental health consultations, enhanced professional development activities, increased evidence-based home visiting services and providing family strengthening and parent skills training. Kanawha County struggles with a high rate of poverty and high rates of infant mortality, teen births, severe substance abuse problems and violent crimes. This project will strive to establish a sustainable infrastructure to promote the wellness of families. The long term goal of the project is to increase identification and treatment of behavioral health issues and improve social emotional development of children birth to eight.


Grantee: WEST VIRGINIA STATE DEPT HLTH/HUMAN RSCS
Program: State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention
City: CHARLESTON
State: WV
Grant Award Number: 5 U79 SM061742-05
Congressional District: 2
FY 2018 Funding: $736,000
Project Period: 2014/09/30 - 2019/09/29

The State of West Virginia will build upon the success of the Adolescent Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention (ASPEN) project and use committed and collaborative partnerships to work across a wide array of agencies and disciplines in order to make suicide prevention a core priority. Specifically, the project will: Increase access and availability of services in existing behavioral health centers by utilizing telehealth and satellite offices; provide for a referral system of preferential appointments for youth, subpopulations and their families; assist in acquiring health insurance; incorporate comprehensive evidence-based protective measures that expand universal prevention messages of hope and help at the regional level; improve identification, referral and engagement interventions for youth and transitioning youth aged 10-24 in increasing the number of youth and youth-serving agencies implementing screening and gatekeeper trainings; reduce the number of completed suicides and attempt survivors providing for protective, caring follow-up services for attempt survivors and their families; and build the capacity of follow-up services.


Grantee: WESTBROOK HEALTH SERVICES, INC.
Program: PBHCI
City: PARKERSBURG
State: WV
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM062267-04
Congressional District: 1
FY 2018 Funding: $400,000
Project Period: 2015/09/30 - 2019/09/29

Located in Parkersburg (Wood County) West Virginia, Westbrook Health Services Integrated Care (WHSIC) will serve consumers diagnosed with a Serious Mental Illness (SMI) who live in an area known for its poverty and poor health conditions. The WHSIC population of focus suffers from generalized anxiety disorder, depressive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder and alcohol dependence. Coupled with these behavioral health disorders are chronic health issues: asthma, hypertension, diabetes, high blood pressure and hepatitis C. The population of focus lives in a geographic area where chronic illness soars over the state average: WHSIC will reduce gaps in the health care services available or utilized by those with SMI by inte- grating mental health services, primary care services, care coordination/case management and wellness and recovery options designed and implemented with consumer participation.


Center: SP

Grantee: BROOKE HANCOCK FAMILY RESOURCE NETWORK
Program: DFC
City: WEIRTON
State: WV
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SP016623-09
Congressional District: 1
FY 2018 Funding: $125,000
Project Period: 2010/09/30 - 2020/09/29

The goals of the Coalition are: (1) establish and strengthen collaboration among Brooke Hancock Drug Prevention Coalition's partner organizations in support of the community's effort to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth; and (2) reduce substance abuse among youth in Brooke and Hancock Counties, WV, and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the issues in our community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.

The Coalition will achieve its goals by implementing these strategies:

(1) Maintain relationships with current Coalition members and community partners and increase active membership in the Brooke Hancock Drug Prevention Coalition.
(2) Build capacity of Coalition members and community members to reduce alcohol and prescription drug abuse among our youth.


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