Vermont Dept. of Mental Health awarded $9.9 million grant

The Vermont Department of Mental Health has been awarded a $9.9-million federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The grant, to be disbursed over a five-year period, will fund the Vermont Family Centered Healthcare Home Project as a comprehensive approach to mental, emotional, and physical health for children and their families.

The home project will provide family-driven services with care coordination that incorporates evidence-based mental health services, and will support coordination and service delivery improvements between Vermont’s Community Mental Health Centers and the Federally Qualified Health Center in two regions of the state.

The grant funding will be used to implement the project for children and families in Windham, Windsor, Franklin, and Grand Isle counties, with expansion expected in other regions following the second year.

“The Department is very excited for this opportunity to work with the community mental health providers and the FQHCs to improve care and treatment for children and their families,” said Mental Health Commissioner Melissa Bailey. “We look forward to developing a model to improve the outcomes for children.”

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