We’re pleased to announce more than $6 million dollars awarded through our 2017 Behavioral Health Initiative, including several grants aimed at addressing opioid addiction. The 16 grantee organizations serve communities in every region of Michigan, from Detroit to Houghton, reflecting a statewide effort to improve access to care and combat the growing opioid crisis.
“The opioid crisis is a statewide challenge in Michigan,” said Health Fund Senior Program Officer Becky Cienki, who oversees the Behavioral Health Initiative. “No community or demographic is immune—Upper or Lower Peninsula, urban or rural, wealthy or economically struggling. We must develop evidence-based solutions that work across boundaries.”
In addition to focusing on children or older adults, each of the awarded projects advances integrated care or workforce development. By threading these two goals throughout our grantmaking, we can work with grantees to improve the quality and efficiency of care for all Michigan residents.
Here is the full list of 2017 Behavioral Health Awardees:
Catholic Human Services, Inc., Integrated Intervention For Parents With Additions In The Child Welfare System | $449,411
- This project will develop and implement an integrated intervention model to address substance abuse. An interdisciplinary care coordination team will help parents who are struggling with addiction and have children within the child welfare system in Alpena and Montmorency counties.
- Areas served: Alpena and Montmorency
Cherry Health, Elevate Senior Health: Behavioral and Physical Health Annual Screening | $480,678
- The project will improve early detection and treatment of behavioral health issues in seniors aged 65 and older. It will increase utilization of annual wellness exams at three Cherry Health sites in Grand Rapids as well as integrate care management, wellness coaching, referral coordination, and follow up for improved senior health and wellness.
- Areas served: Kent County
Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo, Integrated Behavioral Health in School | $498,204
- This project will expand students’ access to behavioral health services by integrating clinicians into five high poverty schools in year one, followed by the addition of five more schools in year two.
- Areas served: The townships of Kalamazoo, Oshtemo, and Texas
The Corner Health Center, Psychiatric Services for Youth through Community Healthcare (PSYCH) | $282,913
- (PSYCH) is a collaboration to increase access to integrated psychiatric services for children. The project adds psychiatric capacity to the Corner Health Center and provides training to residents and other clinicians to provide care for stabilized patients or lower acuity patients without the presence of a psychiatrist.
- Area served: Washtenaw County
D. A. Blodgett-St. John, The Safe Passages Mentoring Program | $287,327
- To improve reunification rates of children in foster care, this project connects biological parents dealing with substance use disorders to recovery support services through certified recovery coaches.
- Area served: Kent County
Eastern Michigan University, EMU Geropsychology Training: Advancing Late-Life Neurobehavioral Health | $391,097.98
- This project will establish specialty training in geropsychology in Eastern Michigan University’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, providing older adults with cognitive loss in Southeast Michigan with integrated behavioral health services delivered by doctoral students. Faculty with expertise in geropsychology will model the service delivery and create a training package to sustain the training in the future.
- Areas served: Washtenaw, Monroe, Lenawee, Jackson, Livingston, Oakland, and Wayne counties
Henry Ford Health System, Opioid Epidemic: Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment in and Office-Based Integrated Care Model | $500,000
- Outpatient clinics in metro Detroit will utilize an integrated behavioral health care model to provide education, diagnosis, and treatment to those afflicted with opioid use disorders. In addition, this program will train physicians and other clinical staff in appropriate prescribing of opiates.
- Areas served: Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties
Michigan Public Health Institute, A Systems-Level Approach to Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome | $412,347
- This project will address integration of care and services for pregnant women and infants impacted by NAS, caused when a newborn infant experiences withdrawal from a substance in the mother’s system during pregnancy. Focusing on prevention, screening and coordinating care, MPHI will develop the program in Saginaw and Marquette counties, utilizing initial results to develop a replication guide that can be used in other communities.
- Areas served: Saginaw and Marquette counties
M.P.A. Group, Washington Elementary School Family Health Initiative | $157,166
- This project will create a school-based system that integrates behavioral health services, serving family and child needs and enhancing educational achievement. The initiative will educate staff on the impact of childhood traumas, train staff to identify and assist with behavioral interventions, and design educational strategies for students with behavioral health challenges.
- Area served: Bay County
Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Authority, Family Assessment & Safety Team (F.A.S.T.) | $499,790.95
- To address the fragmentation of service delivery for children in crisis and the shortage of child psychiatrists in the state and region, this project will standardize a response and resources available to children in crisis. Mobile FAST members will immediately respond to calls for assistance with an integrated assessment, evaluation, and crisis interventions suitable to the child and family needs. This model also has the potential to reduce emergency room visits and inpatient hospital stays.
- Areas served: Grand Traverse, Crawford, Leelanau, Missaukee, Roscommon, and Wexford counties
Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, Reducing Psychiatric Boarding of Pediatric Patients to Assist Families in Crisis | $446,320
- In partnership with five hospital emergency departments, this project will address the issue of children being boarded in an emergency room while awaiting an inpatient bed or assessment. On-call psychiatric consultation, staff education, and additional care integration will reduce emergency department board times and inpatient stays, helping children and families in crisis.
- Areas served: West Michigan, Traverse City, and Indiana counties
The Regents of University of Michigan, Establishing a Michigan Collaborative Care Implementation Support Team to Enhance Access to Quality Mental Health Treatment in Primary Care for Seniors and Low-Income Adults | $499,342
- This project’s goal is to increase primary care workforce capacity to treat seniors’ behavioral health conditions by supporting implementation of the Collaborative Care Model. This technical assistance project will develop infrastructure for a Michigan Collaborative Care Implementation Support Team (MCCIST) that will support efforts by primary care clinics to implement the care model.
- Area served: Statewide
The Regents of the University of Michigan, TRAILS to Behavioral Health: Translating Research into Action to Improve the Lives of Students (TRAILS) | $353,289
- TRAILS aims increase access to evidence-based mental health practices by training school professionals in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness. TRAILS has two phases: (1) development of a statewide coaching infrastructure, drawing on existing community-based mental health providers to serve as local coaches; and (2) clinical training to school professionals in every county in Michigan, followed by assignment of a local coach to each participating school.
- Area served: Statewide
The Ruth Ellis Center, Ruth Ellis Integrated Health & Wellness Center | $261,132
- This grant supports the continued development of an integrated primary and behavioral health center co-located within a comprehensive drop-in center for homeless, runaway, and at-risk lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. It also includes training for integrated care organizations and providers focused on LGBTQ-competent care, including harm reduction and trauma-informed care principles and communication skills.
- Area served: Metro Detroit
Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center, Integrating Michigan’s U.P Behavioral Health & Primary Care Services | $438,562
- The project will combine resources of two organizations to provide comprehensive care to individuals in need of substance use treatment. Funding will support new service delivery, training, education, and medical leadership development to create fully integrated health home services and increase the number of addiction-trained physicians in the Upper Peninsula.
- Area served: Marquette and Houghton counties
Wayne State University, High Touch – High Tech (HT2) | $499,502
- The project will increase diagnosis and integrate treatment services for pregnant women struggling with addiction and depression. The project combines interactive mobile technology with infant mental health specialists within two prenatal practices in northern Michigan.
- Area served: Grayling and Alpena
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Grant provided by Michigan Health Endowment Fund to help
improve health and wellness of seniors
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards (MACMHB) has recently been awarded a grant of $4.2 million from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to support initiatives aimed at improving the quality of health for seniors across the state.
The MACMHB grant dollars will help fund a pilot program, Senior Reach®, over the next two years to connect seniors who are isolated or in need of social support and to address behavioral health needs before a crisis occurs. Senior Reach® is a community program that works with multiple community partners to identify older adults who may need emotional or physical support and/or connection to other community services. The program is a service-based intervention targeting older adults experiencing problematic mental and emotional states; personality and physical changes; poor health; social isolation; substance abuse; physical abuse or neglect; and risk factors for suicide.
“The Senior Reach® program, a nationally recognized evidence based practice, will provide the twelve communities involved in this effort with the tools to reach and inform seniors about a range of health and human services resources available to them. This kind of outreach and education is essential in promoting the health and vitality of the seniors in our state,” said Robert Sheehan, chief executive officer of the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards.
Non-traditional community partners such as Meals on Wheels and senior centers as well as and traditional partners including primary care physicians and adult protective service programs serve as referral sources to the new Senior Reach® program. To refer a senior, the community partner contacts a call center, who then contacts the individual to engage them and provide information about the program. After an in-home assessment, the senior is referred to the best combination of Senior Reach® services tailored to his or her needs, which could include mental health care, care management, and/or a combination of services. Treatment planning is coordinated in partnership with the senior, is individualized, strengths-based, and recovery oriented.
“We’re proud to support the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards and the positive impact they’re making on Michigan’s seniors,” said Rob Fowler, chair of the Michigan Health Endowment Fund Board. “Part of our mission at the Health Endowment Fund is to improve the health of seniors statewide, and by funding the Senior Reach® program, we’re able to help with that.”
The aim of the Michigan Senior Reach project, which will be implemented in twelve Michigan communities, is develop a Michigan based program implementation model, specific to the characteristics of Michigan’s behavioral health and older adult support services systems, that can be used to sustain and create additional Senior Reach® programs statewide. To accomplish this aim, the project will:
- Identify targeted at-risk older adults
- Develop and/or strengthen community partner referrals, outreach, and treatment
- Make a positive impact on the lives of older adults referred (as measured by a standardized outcome measurement tool)
- Increase referrals, community support, agency awareness, and sustainability.
- Develop the administrative, fiscal, and clinical infrastructure to support Senior Reach beyond the Health Endowment Fund support period
The mission of the Michigan Health Endowment Fund is to improve the health of Michigan residents and reduce the cost of health care, with special emphasis on the health and wellness of children and seniors. The fund was created as part of 2013 state legislation that allowed Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to become a nonprofit mutual health insurer. Nearly $38 million in grants were awarded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund last year in 2014 with an additional $8.5 million awarded in December to 29 Michigan community health foundations.
Additional information can be found at the Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards website at macmhb.org.
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LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Health Endowment Fund will be accepting applications for up to $10 million in grants to improve the quality of health for Michigan’s children and seniors.
Up to $8 million of the new grant dollars – approved by the Fund’s board of directors on July 23, 2015 – will be available for application by Michigan community foundations that meet national standards criteria. An additional $2 million will be available to other community organizations throughout the state.
“The Michigan Health Endowment Fund board has been proud to support a variety of very successful programs this past year aimed at improving the health of Michigan’s children and senior residents,” said Rob Fowler, board chairman. “We look forward to building strong relationships with Michigan’s community foundations and other non-profit organizations that are working to improve the health of Michigan’s most vulnerable residents.”
Community foundations can apply for grants to improve the health of minor children and seniors in their regions. Those foundations, in turn, could offer their affiliate foundations or smaller community organizations the opportunity to seek grants that support programs with the same goal. Applications are due in October.
Community-based, non-profit organizations may apply directly to the Fund for grants to support programs related to children and seniors. Organizations making a direct application must be a 501(c)3 public charity, have an annual operating budget of less than $1.5 million and a current, certified financial audit. Local units of government are also encouraged to apply.
The mission of the Michigan Health Endowment Fund is to improve the health of Michigan residents and reduce the cost of health care, with special emphasis on the health and wellness of children and seniors. The fund was created as part of 2013 state legislation that allowed Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to become a nonprofit mutual health insurer. Nearly $38 million in grants were awarded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund last year.
“In year one, the Michigan Health Endowment Fund awarded 10 large grants to statewide organizations to support projects related to fitness programs for youth, fall reduction for seniors, access to healthy food, mental health screenings and health education,” said Paul Hillegonds, Michigan Health Endowment Fund chief executive officer. “We are excited to collaborate this year with smaller organizations that seek to enhance the well-being of Michigan’s children and seniors in their local communities.”
All grant monies will be awarded based on criteria established by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund board. Applicants are encouraged to show a direct relationship to one or more of eight key focus areas: infant mortality; health services for foster and adopted children; wellness and fitness programs; access to healthy food; mental health services; technology enhancements; health-related transportation needs; and foodborne illness prevention. Projects can be for pilot projects or ongoing programs, but the grants are not intended to replace lost government funding.
Additional information regarding grant eligibility can be found at the Michigan Health Endowment Fund website at mhealthfund.com or via email at email@example.com.
About Michigan Health Endowment Fund:
The Michigan Health Endowment Fund was established to improve the health of Michigan residents and reduce the cost of health care with special emphasis on the health and wellness of children and seniors. The Fund was created through the passage of Public Act 4 of 2013, which authorized certain changes to how Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) operates in the state.