S:US receives $4M grant to expand behavioral health and substance-use treatment in Harlem and the Bronx
Manhattan nonprofit secures $4M
Crain’s New York Business
By Jennifer Henderson
October 24, 2018
Services for the UnderServed, a Manhattan-based nonprofit that serves people coping with disabilities, homelessness and poverty, has secured a $4 million grant to expand behavioral health and substance-use treatment services in East Harlem and the Bronx, communities hit particularly hard by the opioid epidemic and with high rates of mental illness.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, awarded the two-year grant, which will be used to convert the nonprofit’s Comprehensive Treatment Institute into a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic.
“What the CCBHC designation does is give us the ability to wrap a whole host of services around folks,” said Trish Marsik, the nonprofit’s chief operating officer.
The Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 laid out guidelines for establishing the behavioral health clinics, to be funded as part of the Medicaid program. New York was one of eight states selected to implement the two-year demonstration program. Services for the UnderServed has been one of the participating providers, with a CCBHC already established in Brooklyn.
The organization’s treatment institute, which is located in East Harlem and has a satellite clinic in the Bronx, will be converted into a CCBHC by the beginning of next year. It is expected to serve 600 people, Marsik said.
It will offer case management and 24-hour crisis mental health care as well as employment and telehealth services, she said.