Network180 wins $2M grant to expand mental health services in Kent County

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The CCBHC project will allow Network180 to expand its services to individuals of all ages in Kent County struggling with mental illness, substance use disorder or a co-occurring disorder, including veterans and those whose symptoms are mild to moderately severe. Courtesy Network180

Network180 recently was the recipient of a $2 million Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant for the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic project.

The SAMHSA grant is a result of the passage of the Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Act by U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan and Roy Blunt, R-Missouri.

The CCBHC project will allow Network180 to expand its services to individuals of all ages in Kent County struggling with mental illness, substance use disorder or a co-occurring disorder, including veterans and those whose symptoms are mild to moderately severe.

“The CCBHC allows us to serve anyone in need of mental health or substance use disorder services regardless of ability to pay or insurance type,” Network180 Chief Operating Officer Beverly Ryskamp said. “Before the grant, we were only able to serve individuals coming into our access center who have Medicaid or no health insurance.”

The grant also provides funding for outpatient therapy as well as mobile crisis intervention for adults, which will be a first in Kent County.

The grant also has the possibility of being renewed a second year at another $2 million. Grants supporting the CCBHC project were awarded to 18 community mental health agencies in Michigan.

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