July 22, 2018

State receives $9.9 million mental health grant

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has granted $9.9 million to the Vermont Department of Mental Health over a five-year period, the State of Vermont announced last week.

The grant will fund the Vermont Family Centered Healthcare Home Project in its facilitation of a comprehensive approach to health – including mental, emotional and physical health – for children and their families.

The grant funding will be used to implement the project for children and families in Windham, Windsor, Franklin and Grand Isle counties. The Vermont Department of Mental Health expects to expand grant activities to other regions of the state following the second year.

“Research tells us comprehensive health care can help children and their families head off a range of problems later in life, avoiding the pain and suffering of unaddressed mental and emotional issues, as well as decreasing health care-related spending of all kinds,” said Mental Health Commissioner Melissa Bailey.

The project will provide improved clarity around options, the risks and benefits, and support to families in making their own decisions about care and treatment. Additionally, it provides a process for providers to have regular care plan meetings to allow for shared decision making, shared care plans to improve health outcomes and address social determinants of health.

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