Aspire Receives $4M Mental Health Grant

Aspire Receives $4M Mental Health Grant

Aspire Indiana Health has been awarded a $4 million federal grant to support expanded mental health and substance use treatment services.

The grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will enable Aspire to adopt the innovative Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) model for care delivery. With this new funding, Aspire now has the chance to expand services to serve as a “one-stop shop” for mental health, substance use treatment and other health care services in the communities it serves.

Aspire is credentialed by the state of Indiana as a designated Community Mental Health Center (CMHC) in Boone, Hamilton, Madison, and Marion counties.

The CCBHC model ensures access to 24/7/365 crisis care, care coordination with hospitals, law enforcement and schools and access to high-quality services, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to help stop the overdose crisis, among other capabilities. The grant period is for two years.

“This grant award is a huge win for the communities served by Aspire Indiana Health. We will use these federal dollars to upgrade our capacity to respond to the booming need for mental health, addiction treatment and support services, particularly in our underserved communities,” said Barbara Scott, Aspire President & CEO.

In total, SAMHSA awarded more than $250 million to CCHBCs to increase access to community mental health and substance use disorder treatments. Last year Congress expanded the original eight-state Medicaid demonstration program to include additional states, including Indiana.

According to the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, “CCBHCs have dramatically increased access to mental health and substance use disorder treatment, expanded states’ capacity to address the overdose crisis and established innovative partnerships with law enforcement, schools and hospitals to improve care, reduce recidivism and prevent hospital readmissions.”

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