Residents of two Illinois counties experiencing a behavioral health crisis will soon have easier access to care through federal grants awarded to Rosecrance by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA). The funding, a total of $8 million over two years, will enable Rosecrance to serve over 1,300 new clients in northern and central Illinois, and it will expand healthcare employment opportunities in the regions.
“Rosecrance strives to connect clients with coordinated, whole-person care, and the CCBH designation allows us to reach even more people with care when they need it,” said Rosecrance Regional President Carlene Cardosi. “When people receive timely treatment, we know the positive impact that this will have on our clients, their families, and communities.”
In Champaign County, Rosecrance will address critical needs for community-based services identified by community members. A crisis co-responder team (CCRT) will be formed in partnership with county law enforcement to address 911 calls that involve a person experiencing a behavioral health crisis. In addition, a team will be launched to provide long-term mental healthcare to individuals with serious mental illnesses.
In Winnebago County, the grant will strengthen existing school and community-based programs. More trained staff and supports will be available for students throughout the county, as well as their families. Care coordinators also will be utilized to ensure clients transition seamlessly between primary and behavioral healthcare providers.
As a grant recipient, Rosecrance receives a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) designation. These clinics provide a robust continuum of care in a timely manner to anyone who needs treatment, regardless of ability to pay. They are required to provide nine core services: Screening, assessment, and diagnosis; primary care screening and monitoring; crisis care for mental health; client-centered treatment planning; outpatient behavioral health services; case management; psychiatric services; peer and family support; veterans’ services.