Southwest Behavioral & Health Services Receives Grant from The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

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SAMHSA Grant Will Support a Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Center with an Integrated Systems Approach for Mohave County Residents 

(PHOENIX – Sept. 30, 2020) Southwest Behavioral & Health Services (SB&H), an innovative leader in behavioral health, received a $849,915 grant from The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The funds will be used for a Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Center (CORC) with an Integrated Systems Approach that will serve individuals in Mohave County, Arizona.

The SAMHSA grant will enable SB&H to enhance capacity and service options for Mohave County’s uninsured and underinsured populations directly addressing the county’s worsening opioid epidemic. The SB&H CORC will partner with and serve local hospitals, local Native American communities, police and fire, probation programs, behavioral health providers and local community groups. The program can  serve up to 500 individuals with opioid use dependency (OUD) annually and 2,000 people throughout the lifetime of the four-year grant project.

“This Comprehensive Opioid Recovery Center will be a valuable and much-needed resource to the Mohave County community, which needs easily accessible substance abuse and dependence treatment,” said Southwest Behavioral & Health Services CEO Steven Sheets. “The fact that we are partnering with other local community providers will streamline our services and increase the chances of success.”

The Southwest Behavioral & Health Services CORC program will:

·       improve access to care by completing intakes and evaluations both in office and during community outreach, within 24 hours of contact or less with a goal of inclusively engaging persons who are uninsured or underinsured.

·       provide a full continuum of holistic care in addition to OUD and medication assisted treatment (MAT) services to support recovery, stabilize individuals, families, and the community.

About Southwest Behavioral & Health Services

Incorporated in 1974 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Southwest Behavioral & Health Services provides services in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, rural Maricopa County, Gila, Mohave, Coconino, and Yavapai counties. Our Mission: “We inspire people to feel better and reach their potential. Through helping people discover their strengths, we improve our communities.” SB&H offers an array of programs to meet the unique needs of the communities we serve. These include outpatient mental health treatment and psychiatric services including medication monitoring; assistance for persons with addictions; intensive inpatient care for persons in crisis; residential housing, in-home and supported housing services; prevention services, community outreach and school-based counseling; services throughout the lifespan for members with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); and four opioid replacement clinics throughout the state that are working tirelessly to save lives and help alleviate the statewide crisis. More recently, integrated care and value based contracting have been initiated to offer a more flexible and culturally sensitive approach to clients served and resolve the historical challenges of fragmented care. For more information on SB&H, please visit www.sbhservices.org.

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