The Grant Blackford Mental Health Center in Marion has received a two-year, $4 million grant to expand behavioral health services in Grant and Blackford counties. The grant, which was awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, enables GBMH and 10 other Indiana CMHCs to operate as Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers.
GBMH says it will use the additional funding to improve the behavioral health care services available in Grant and Blackford counties through an increase in provision of community-based mental and substance use disorder services. The center will also work to advance integration of behavioral and physical healthcare, assimilate and utilize evidenced-based practices more consistently and improve access to high quality care.
“GBMH is excited and thankful to SAMHSA for the award and to our legislator for supporting the CCBHC model,” said Dr. Marianne DiMatteo, president of GBMH. “GBMH will utilize this opportunity to strengthen our community partnerships, train our staff and ensure that individuals experience no wrong door when seeking behavioral health services. We’re confident this opportunity will allow GBMH to break down barriers to access and serve the most vulnerable in our communities.”
Through the CCBHC expansion GBMH says it will include same day access to behavioral healthcare, mobile crisis services, and medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders, among others.