Today, Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) awarded six community grants to help expand access and continue to improve mental health services and support for children who face serious mental and emotional health issues. These grants will help children and families involved with the mental health system to cope with crisis, gain resources, and build skills to thrive and become self-sufficient.
“Improving the lives of children, especially in the areas of mental health, is a major step in building a healthy, thriving adult population,” said Dr. Jack Barber, MD, Interim DBHDS Commissioner. “Not only will these funds help thousands of children in Virginia but also their families and loved ones. Better access to mental health treatment can help produce stronger individuals and families for generations to come.”
These grants are part of Virginia’s System of Care Expansion and Sustainability Grant, which is awarded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration through DBHDS. Over $1 million per year will be made available to six grant sites. Funding runs through September 30, 2020.
Region One- Horizon Behavioral Health, $742,366, serving Amherst County, Appomattox County, Bedford County, Campbell County, City of Lynchburg
Horizon Behavioral Health will increase use of High Fidelity Wraparound (HFW) services and include utilization of Family Support Partners (FSP) and working towards adding Youth Support Partners (YSP). Horizon will be hiring Regional Task and Family Lead positions to establish and oversee the regional steering committee and to help train and recruit more FSPs. Horizon seeks to reduce the costs to the localities as the HFW team moves to a more family lead that emphasizes self-sufficiency and sustainability.
Region Three- New River Valley Community Services Board, Blue Ridge Behavioral Health, Mount Rogers Community Services Board, $828,831, serving Roanoke County, City of Roanoke, City of Salem, Botetourt County, Craig County, City of Radford, Giles County, Pulaski County, Smyth County, Carroll County, City of Galax
New River Valley CSB, Blue Ridge, and Mount Rogers CSB will work to expand its existing use of HFW by adding the FSP component that allows for families to have an experienced parent who has navigated the mental health system as a team partner. The Region Three partnership seeks to have a positive impact on the preservation of children within their own identified family home as opposed to residing in congregate care which is more costly and yields fewer positive outcomes.
Region Five- Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck Community Services Board, $618,817, serving King William County, Richmond County, Middlesex County, Westmoreland County
Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck Community Services Board in partnership with localities will seek to enhance their existing system of care in four underserved counties by forming a steering committee, assessing existing system of care, and developing plans for system improvement. Additionally, they plan in to increase access to HFW services to youth involved in varying systems including mental health and juvenile justice. Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck CSB will also partner with the larger DBHDS Region Five through education, collaboration, and coaching to enhance their own regional system of care.
Region Four- United Methodist Family Services, $762,256, serving City of Petersburg, City of Hopewell, Dinwiddie County, Prince George County, Surry County
United Methodist Family Services (UMFS) plans to capitalize on their success in Central Virginia during the previous four years of implementing HFW services by expanding these services to Region One by establishing a Regional Expansion Center which will be involved in peer support provision, youth engagement, community engagement and education, and capacity building funds. UMFS supports the values of the Systems of Care model and seeks to further connect new partnering localities, supporting model fidelity, and continuing to elevate youth and family voice
Region One- United Methodist Family Services, $746,568, serving Frederick County, Clarke County, Warren County
UMFS in Region One will partner with the Winchester Community Mental Health Center (WCMHC) to expand HFW initiative in region through increased integration of Intensive Care Coordination (ICC) and Family Support Partners (FSP)
Region Five- United Methodist Family Services, $880,409, serving City of Virginia Beach, City of Chesapeake, James City County, Poquoson County, York County, City of Williamsburg
UMFS in Region 5 in addition to working on expanding HFW services to model fidelity will seek to establish local youth resources, leadership, and training while making efforts to form a new chapter of Youth MOVE (Youth Motivating Others through Voices of Experience). Through a partnership with Youth MOVE, UMFS, Project Life, and NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), the plan will be to augment youth and family voice in mental health community leadership and provide further support to youth and families who currently navigate their mental health systems.