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WV Discretionary Funding Fiscal Year 2023

Center: FG

Grantee: FIRST CHOICE SERVICES, INC.
Program: FY 2023 Cooperative Agreements for 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Crisis Center Follow-Up Programs
City: CHARLESTON
State: WV
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 FG001199-01
Congressional District: 1
FY 2023 Funding: $500,000
Project Period: 2023/09/30 - 2026/09/29

The First Choice Crisis Center Follow-Up Initiative expands post-contact supports to provide continued support/linkages & decrease suicide risk. The focus population is all people living in West Virginia. The focus population has high access to lethal means, is rural and suffers from high rates of suicidal ideation, substance use disorder, poverty, unemployment & poor mental health, all of which contribute to suicide. The project will serve 18,000 people (9,000/year). Project goals (interventions/strategies) include: (1) Ensure the systematic follow-up of suicidal persons who call/visit the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. by (A) Hiring 3 Crisis Case Managers to systematically follow-up with suicidal persons who call/visit the 24/7 988 Lifeline; (B) Initiating the Case Management Platform to be used by Crisis Case Managers and law enforcement to track services provided & (C) Providing training on culturally responsive care to First Choice staff. (2) Enhance coordination between entities engaged in the crisis continuum of care to improve services for suicidal persons in West Virginia by (A) Leveraging the Case Management Platform to identify needed partnerships; (B) Engaging partners in response to identified needs; (C) Conducting an annual WV 988 & Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Summit to connect the WV crisis continuum; (D) Leveraging the annual WV 988 & CIT Summit to build the WV 988 & CIT Workgroup which will create statewide CIT policies; (E) Creating a statewide crisis training and critical incident debriefing website; (F) Initiating weekly collaboration between First Choice and the WV 988 Crisis/Disaster Coordinator; (G) Providing training on culturally responsive care to community partners; (H) Building collaborative partnerships with agencies who provide short-term crisis stabilization & (I) Establishing data sharing agreements with the WV Suicide Fatality Review Team. (3) Reduce unnecessary police engagements for West Virginians with suicidal ideation by (A) Working with law enforcement partners to leverage the Case Management Platform to measure & report on the percentage of contacts that require police engagement throughout the project period; (B) Working with law enforcement to devise data-driven processes for reducing the percentage of contacts that require police engagement throughout the project period; (C) Implementing data-driven processes to reduce crisis encounters requiring police engagement; (D) Leveraging outcomes to engage additional law enforcement partners & (E) Expanding CIT Training throughout the state. (4) Improve connections to crisis care and follow-up services for high-risk West Virginians by (A) Leveraging the annual WV 988 & Crisis CIT Summit & community partners to identify high-risk population stakeholders to participate in the WV 988 & CIT Workgroup; (B) Monitoring high-risk & disparity groups to ensure equal service use, outcomes, access & retention & (C) Identifying/engaging in training partners in high-risk and disparity group communities. (5) Improve the well-being of West Virginians who are at risk of suicide by (A) Screening 100% of individuals answering follow-up calls for suicidal ideation; (B) Referring individuals to crisis or other mental health services for suicide risk/ideation/behavior; (C) Empowering callers/visitors expressing suicidal ideation to have a statistically significant improvement in self-rated well-being at 3-month follow-up & (D) Empowering 95% of callers/visitors experiencing suicidal ideation to not have a suicide attempt at 3-month follow-up. (6) Sustain Initiative services post-grant to permanently enhance the crisis continuum of care for West Virginia residents by (A) Creating a sustainability plan for each budget line item to ensure service sustainability & (B) Working with state partners to sustain the 988 program.


Grantee: GRAFTON CITY HOSPITAL INC
Program: FY 2023 Congressional Directive Spending Projects
City: GRAFTON
State: WV
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 FG001125-01
Congressional District: 2
FY 2023 Funding: $995,000
Project Period: 2023/09/30 - 2024/09/29

The Recovery to Resiliency Program (R2R) will create a path of access, with resource stops along the way to escort a patient through recovery. R2R will use a Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) model. This program will build on the success of the proven pilot program, expanding the concept with additional community resources in Taylor, Barbour, Preston, Marion, and Harrison County, West Virginia. The program will add to the recovery ecosystem by hiring fifteen new full- or part-time permanent healthcare positions to implement the program. Additionally, the program’s goals include delivering innovative R2R Program services to 1,442 individuals to help decrease substance use in the community. Of those served, 90% will be referred to a peer recovery coach or community partner. Of the total number of participants, 50% will remain in behavioral therapy offered under the program, decreasing the likelihood of relapse. Grafton City Hospital will work to cultivate a network of regional prevention and treatment partners that will support those facing the struggles of substance abuse recovery.


Grantee: WEST VIRGINIA STATE DEPT HLTH/HUMAN RSCS
Program: FY 2023 Cooperative Agreements for States and Territories to Improve Local 988 Capacity
City: CHARLESTON
State: WV
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 FG001204-01
Congressional District: 1
FY 2023 Funding: $1,251,440
Project Period: 2023/09/30 - 2026/09/29

West Virginia Bureau for Behavioral Health (BBH) is seeking funding through NOFO FG-23-006 (FY 2023 Cooperative Agreement for States to Improve Local 988 Capacity) to augment the 988 system in the state. West Virginia has one 988 Lifeline call center, First Choice Services (FCS), that will be the primary beneficiary of this funding. FCS will receive approximately 83% of the money to augment their crisis center staff by adding 8 crisis counselors, 1 data analyst, and 6 credentialed peers. The additional staff in these areas will be crucial as the 988 Lifeline expands. Money will also be allocated to training for call center staff. This will ensure the staff receives annual training on the continuum of services as well as specific training in peer and police programming. With the remainder of the money, BBH will hire a full time Project Evaluator who will oversee data collection and dissemination, maintain and prepare reports, give presentations to professionals and lay groups, and provide consultative and technical assistance as requested. The Project Evaluator will also develop relationships with behavioral health providers and other state agencies for the purpose of improving data collection. The funding through this cooperative agreement will further improve West Virginia's crisis continuum by increasing the workforce at both the center and state levels, providing better trainings, and assist with data collection to help make better informed decisions about the statewide crisis continuum. All of these things will improve 988 response for the whole state.


Center: SM

Grantee: CABELL HUNTINGTON COALITION FOR HOME
Program: Treatment for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness, Serious Emotional Disturbance, or Co-Occurring Disorders Experiencing Homelessness
City: HUNTINGTON
State: WV
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 SM088601-01
Congressional District: 1
FY 2023 Funding: $500,000
Project Period: 2023/09/30 - 2028/09/29

The Harmony House TIEH Initiative provides comprehensive, coordinated, evidenced-based services for individuals, children, youth & families with a SMI/SED, or COD who are or are at imminent risk of experiencing homelessness. The focus population is poor, lacks education & suffers from high rates of trauma, poor mental health, substance use, infectious disease, homelessness & stigma. The project will serve 250 people (50/year). Project goals (interventions/ strategies) include: (1) Expand access to and delivery of coordinated comprehensive mental health services to improve housing stability by building a continuum of care for the focus population by (A) Initiating a Project Director to build an integrated continuum of care for the unhoused; (B) Completing a community needs assessment; (C) Expanding the continuum of care in response to the community needs assessment; (D) Partnering with the WV Behavioral Health Training Center to enhance continuum workforce development; (E) Partnering with the continuum of care re: stigma/outreach/engagement in response to the community needs assessment; (F) Identifying community agencies/stakeholders who ally with disparity group communities to develop culturally competent outreach/services; (G) Hiring 2 Therapists to serve the focus population; (H) Hiring an Evaluator to monitor disparity group outcomes to ensure equal access/service/outcomes/retention & (I) Hiring a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. (2) Increase community capacity to engage & connect the focus population with behavioral health services to improve behavioral health outcomes by (A) Hiring a Community Engagement Specialist to partner with street outreach/community efforts to engage clients care; (B) Expanding Medical Director time to engage the focus population in behavioral health & COD services; (C) Implementing a universal mental health screening process for all individuals with agency intakes; (D) Partnering with local psychiatric hospitals for intakes; (E) Referring ineligible people to partners & following-up to ensure access; (F) Providing mobile clinic outreach days; (G) Coordinating with crisis systems to obtain referrals; (H) Initiating provision of therapy & psych services in the field; (I) Having 50% of treatment compliant clients report a reduction in substance use at 6-months; and (J) Clients having statistically significant improvements in NOMs mental health outcomes at 6-months. (3) Collaborate with area housing providers to ID sustainable permanent housing for the focus population by (A) Partnering with the CHWCoC to identify additional supportive housing partners; (B) Assisting clients with identifying supportive housing; (C) Liaising with local landlords & The Public Housing Authority to address property damage/advocate for clients; (D) Carrying out behavior support plans to assist with stable housing based on ACT principles & (E) Having clients exhibit a statistically significant increase in days housed at 6-months. (4) Increase case management, care coordination & recovery support service capacity to support focus population stability across services and improve housing transitions by (A) Hiring 2 Navigators to help clients navigate the continuum of care; (B) Assisting all clients with SDOH action plans; (C) Providing recovery support services; (D) Serving 50 clients/year; (E) Holding emotion life skills/ emotion regulation classes & (F) Reducing client HIV/AIDS risk factors. (5) Sustain the continuum of care for the unhoused beyond grant funding by (A) Establishing a Steering Committee to create a sustainability plan; (B) Ensuring clients are enrolled in applicable social services; (C) Working with the MU College of Health Professions Behavioral Health Center (MUSW) to initiate practicums & internships to sustain service provision; (D) Considering formalizing an ACT Team to enable billing for client services; and (E) Ensuring CLAS Standard adherence.


Grantee: FMRS HEALTH SYSTEMS, INC.
Program: National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative – Category III: Community Treatment and Service (CTS) Centers
City: BECKLEY
State: WV
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 SM087887-01
Congressional District: 1
FY 2023 Funding: $600,000
Project Period: 2023/09/30 - 2028/09/29

FMRS Cares increases access to effective trauma & grief-focused treatment/service systems for children, adolescents & their families, who have experienced traumatic events living in Fayette, Monroe, Raleigh & Summers counties in underserved rural southern West Virginia by expanding evidence-based services to include PC-CARE, Family Acceptance Project (FAP)/TF-CBT & FAP Family Support Model. The program serves 430 clients (75-y1/80-y2/85-y3/90-y4/100-y5). Project goals (interventions/strategies) include: (1) Increase access to effective trauma and grief-focused treatment for target area children, adolescents and their families who experience traumatic events by (A) Expanding workforce capacity to serve the target population by hiring a Project Director, Therapist & Care Coordinator; (B) Coordinating annual Therapist and Bachelors Level staff training in PC-CARE; (C) Providing PC-CARE to the target population; (D) Coordinating annual Therapist training in FAP/TF-CBT for LGBTQI+ children & youth; (E) Providing FAP/TF-CBT to the target population; (F) Adding PC-CARE and FAP/TF-CBT to the advertised continuum of care; (G) Working with LGBTQI+ & African American communities to identify culturally competent referral pathways & (H) Obtaining training/consultation to implement FAP’s Family Support Model (FSM) to mental health practitioners who provide services for children and families to the target population. (2) Increase access to effective trauma and grief-focused service systems for target area children, adolescents and their families who experience traumatic events by (A) Continuing to ensure that all FMRS staff receive Trauma 101 training; (B) Partnering with local child serving systems to obtain initiative referrals; (C) Partnering with PC-CARE developers to adapt/enhance PC-CARE to improve target population engagement and outcomes; (D) Partnering with FAP to implement FAP/TF-CBT & FAP’s Family Support Model to improve caregiver engagement & youth outcomes; (E) Providing FAP general training to FMRS referring entities/partner organizations to increase capacity to help families to support LGBTQI+ youth, especially those who are racially diverse & (F) Working with the Family Acceptance Project to increase community capacity to do upstream prevention to decrease prevalence of family rejection and increase support among the target population. (3) Improve mental health outcomes for target area children, adolescents and their families who experience traumatic events by (A) Empowering clients to have statistically significant improvements in NOMs mental health outcomes at 3-month follow-up & (B) Monitoring disparity group outcomes to ensure equal access/services/outcomes/retention. (4) Sustain access to effective trauma and grief-focused treatment & service systems for target area children, adolescents and their families who have experienced traumatic events by creating a sustainability plan.


Grantee: FMRS HEALTH SYSTEMS, INC.
Program: FY 2022 Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic
City: BECKLEY
State: WV
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM086979-02
Congressional District: 1
FY 2023 Funding: $1,000,000
Project Period: 2022/09/30 - 2026/09/29

Grantee: MARSHALL UNIVERSITY
Program: Mental Health Awareness Training Grants
City: Huntington
State: WV
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 SM084506-01
Congressional District: 3
FY 2023 Funding: $250,000
Project Period: 2022/12/31 - 2026/12/30

MU proposes to expand our existing, extensive training infrastructure to provide mental health awareness training to individuals including school personnel; youth leaders in high school and institutions of higher education including those studying criminal justice-related topics; law enforcement and other emergency first responders; veterans assistance programs; armed services members and their families, faith communities, and community coalitions on how to appropriately and safely identify and respond to individuals with mental health disorders. Additionally, training for first responders, law enforcement, and others who respond to crisis situations will include how to employ de-escalation techniques particularly with individuals experiencing Serious Mental Illness (SMI) and/or Serious Emotional Disease (SED). MU will collaborate with community coalitions to provide ‘Train the Trainer” opportunities to assist with sustainability of the training program and to support expanding the training to more remote and underserved areas. Collaboratives will also be leveraged to expand access to resource information regarding assistance with severe mental health issues. MU’s proposed Appalachian Mental Health Awareness Training Hub (MHAT Hub) will provide training to 2,700 individuals throughout the West Virginia (WV) Bureau for Behavioral Health (BBH) Region 5, which is the most populous region in WV and includes the following counties: Boone, Cabell, Clay, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mingo, Putnam, and Wayne Counties. The overall purpose of the MHAT Hub is to create a model that can adapted throughout WV to increase the effectiveness and safety of services provided to those experiencing mental health issues enhancing the safety and efficacy of services provided out of the direct care setting. Goals will include: Goal 1. Increase number of individuals (such as: school personnel; youth leaders in high school and institutions of higher education including those studying criminal justice-related topics; law enforcement and other emergency first responders; professionals serving veterans; armed services members and their families, faith communities, and community coalitions) able to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders and appropriately respond, particularly SMI and/or SED. Goal 2. Train emergency first responders including law enforcement, individuals serving veterans and military personnel to identify persons with a mental health disorder and effectively employ crisis de-escalation techniques. Goal 3. Enhance current and establish new linkages with school and/or community-based mental health-related agencies to refer individuals with the signs or symptoms of mental illness to appropriate services.


Grantee: MARSHALL UNIVERSITY
Program: GLS Campus Suicide Prevention Grant Program
City: Huntington
State: WV
Grant Award Number: 1 H79 SM086262-01
Congressional District: 1
FY 2023 Funding: $102,000
Project Period: 2023/08/31 - 2026/08/30

Marshall University seeks to create an expanded Suicide Prevention Program that will systematically create a campus environment that is stronger and safer for all students, staff, and faculty. Multiple academic and campus departments are involved, including; Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, Public Health, Nursing, the Student Counseling Center, College of Health Professions Behavioral Health Center, the LGBTQ Office, and the Athletic Department. Additionally, various departments at other higher learning institutions in West Virginia will become partners in this effort. The Inter-Collegiate Partnership will take place with Marshall University-SPEAC and smaller schools that cannot meet the match standard of the GLS: Wheeling University, West Liberty University, Davis & Elkins College, Mount West Community and Technical College, Bridge Valley Community and Technical College, Glenville State University, and a statewide organization Collegiate Recovery program. Trainings will be offered to increase knowledge on how to make a safer campus and how to provide services to students experiencing mental health issues and possible crisis. QPR training will be provided to increase awareness of the issues and to help participants recognize behaviors that are indicative of suicidal ideation. QPR will also provide participants with information about how to respond to students at risk for suicide. Suicide is currently the second leading cause of death among college age students in the U.S. The goals and objectives for the MU-SPEAC are as follows: to develop knowledge and education among campus administrators and leadership through presentations and trainings on the importance of suicide prevention; to educate the community of students on the Marshall University campus and on our partner campuses as well. Gatekeeper training with targeted groups of students, staff, faculty, and community stakeholders, as well as offered to parents of Marshall University students during orientation. Other elements of the Gatekeeper training include helping participants to identify depression and other mental health issues; to educate participants about the warning signs of suicide and the intervention process using Mental Health First Aid; to develop and to build a lasting and solid infrastructure for the MU-SPEAC Prevention Plan. The Marshall University SPEAC Program will follow the model outlined by the Jed Foundation CampusMHAP, using evidenced-based data driven trainings and education to demonstrate the use of best practice methods. Options for virtual or face-to-face trainings will be offered for a variety of trainings to include: Mental Health First Aid, QPR, SafeTALK, START, Teachable Moments Brief Intervention, CAMS, TF-CBT, and a joint conference (HESPC) which will be a first for West Virginia higher education schools.


Grantee: MORGAN COUNTY PARTNERSHIP, INC.
Program: Mental Health Awareness Training Grants
City: BERKELEY SPRINGS
State: WV
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM084555-03
Congressional District: 2
FY 2023 Funding: $125,000
Project Period: 2021/09/30 - 2026/09/29

Grantee: MOUNTAIN STATE PARENTS CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENT NETWORK, INC.
Program: Statewide Family Network
City: MCMECHEN
State: WV
Grant Award Number: 5 H79 SM083923-03
Congressional District: 2
FY 2023 Funding: $95,000
Project Period: 2021/09/30 - 2024/09/29

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