Grant-Blackford Mental Health in Marion has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Mental Health and Addiction. The organization says the grant will help launch a program in partnership with Carey Services to help people with mental health challenges find and retain employment.
The DMHA grant begins October 1 and continues for 17 months.
“We’re extremely excited to have DMHA consider our collaborative approach to meeting the needs of people we serve and fund our proposal,” said Dr. Marianne DiMatteo, GBMH chief executive officer. “This award showcases the exciting ways organizations in Grant County work together to best serve our most vulnerable individuals in our local communities by combining our expertise and efficiently sharing resources.”
The proposal calls for a Carey Services employment specialist to be integrated in a Grant-Blackford Mental Health team that supports people with mental health challenges living in the community. The organization says its team will support individuals’ mental health needs while the Carey Services’ staff member will work within the team structure to help individuals prepare for, find, and maintain a job.
“The Carey Services team is excited to engage in this partnership with the team from Grant Blackford Mental Health to improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities in and around Grant County,” said Jim Allbaugh, president of Carey Services. “We can’t wait to dig in with this pilot, unique partnership, and initiative.”
The grant is expected to provide specific IPS training to the team and will require extensive data reporting on results.