$2.4 M in behavioral health grants being offered

The South Shore Community Behavioral Health Initiative (SSCBHI), led by South Shore Health System, has announced that funding is available for two major community grants to support behavioral healthcare on the South Shore.  The $2.4 million in grant money is made possible through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Determination of Need (DoN) Program, South Shore Health System and its SSCI partners, including the Greater Brockton Health Alliance, South Shore Community Partners, and Blue Hills Health Alliance.

Out of the total grant money, the three regional health alliances have been awarded $180 thousand dollars each over the next three years. The remaining $1.8 million will be distributed in two $930 thousand dollar grants.

“This first-of-its kind grant program on the South Shore reflects our organization’s deep commitment to promoting good health within the community and by removing barriers to accessing behavioral healthcare for the most vulnerable among us,” said Gene E. Green, MD, President & CEO, South Shore Health System.

The grant program is aimed at improving access to behavioral healthcare and services by supporting organizations and programs which work to improve access to medical care, housing, transportation, food and clothing and insurance, according to Katrina Dwyer, Director/Care Coordination and Community Benefits Officer for South Shore Health System.

“The Integrative Behavioral Health Grant demonstrates how communities can work together to affect positive change for those most in need,” Dwyer said.

Not-for-profit agencies wishing to apply for one of the two grants must document an understanding of the need for behavioral health services and propose programming to meet its need. A letter of intent to apply is high encouraged and should be submitted no later than February 8, 2019.  Grant applications are due no later than March 22, 2019 and will be awarded at the end of April.

More detailed Information on the grant program and the application process can be found by visiting SouthShoreHealth.org