Newport Mental Health was recently awarded a $4 million federal grant, which targets under-insured children and adults with emerging and serious mental health conditions by providing an array of services and treatment. Thrive Behavioral Health, Inc. will act as a subcontractor on this grant.
“I am proud to share that Thrive Behavioral Health and its Horizon Healthcare Partners are one of a select number of community mental health centers in the United States - and the first in Rhode Island - to be awarded the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) grant,” said Thrive CEO and Daniel Kubas-Meyer. The CCBHC grant gives Thrive and its partners two years to implement the program and become sanctioned as a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic.
Newport Mental Health in Newport County and the Community Care Alliance in the northern portion of the state are the two partner community mental health agencies named in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant that will be delivering expanded services under the lead agency, Newport Mental Health.
“This award allows us to build upon mental health teams and services we already have in place to give clients the attention they deserve,” said Jamie Lehane, President and CEO of Newport Mental Health. “In essence it’s parity for mental health, enabling us to treat Rhode Islanders whose commercial insurance does not cover the latest research-based care that better promotes recovery, prevents disability, and helps them remain in school, college and work while receiving treatment.” The services that will be made available to an expanded number of children, families and adults include Supportive Employment, Positive Parenting, Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy, and an expansion of Healthy Transitions which serves 16 – 25 year olds who experience their first episode of mental illness.
“It allows us to train staff in these affiliated agencies throughout the state in treatment methods and programs based on the most current, reliably sound, scientific data,” Lehane added, explaining that the programs are person-centered, enabling the client to collaborate with his or her professional team regarding cultural, social, medical, economic, and psychological factors that influence recovery. Mindful of the factors, the client and team develop a recovery plan with goals and target dates.
In the first phase of the grant Newport Mental Health will implement a fully operational Certified Community Mental Health Clinic, which will provide a complete scope of behavioral services for the uninsured and underinsured populations. Rollouts of expanded evidence-based services and training will be provided to contract partner agencies, resulting in improvement and quality of care for thousands of Rhode Island children and adults.