Henderson Behavioral Health Awarded $1.6 million SAMHSA Primary Care and Behavioral Healthcare Integration Grant

Henderson Behavioral Health has been awarded a four-year, $1.6 million Primary Health/Behavioral Health Integration Grant from the Center for Mental Health Services of the Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The funding is specifically intended to bring Primary Healthcare on-site and integrated at Henderson Behavioral Health. People with serious mental illnesses die, on average, 25 years earlier than the general population, largely from preventable and treatable chronic health care conditions. This grant will address this issue with the goal of improving the physical health status of adults with serious mental illnesses (SMI) who have or are at risk for co-occurring primary care conditions and chronic diseases, with the objective of supporting the triple aim of improving the health of those with SMI; enhancing the consumer's experience of care (including quality, access, and reliability); and reducing/controlling the per capita cost of care.

The program will be referred to as the HILL (Helping Individuals Live Longer) project and will include measurable outcomes that will be supported by its electronic healthcare record for both behavioral health and primary healthcare services.

Dr. Steven Ronik, Henderson's CEO, remarked, "This is just an incredible opportunity to promote the overall health of our clients. We are so privileged to be among the few organizations, nationally to receive this highly competitive award."

Henderson Behavioral Health is the oldest and largest, community-based not-for-profit behavioral healthcare system in South Florida. Since 1953 Henderson has helped hundreds of thousands of children, adults and families. Last year alone, Henderson helped over 25,000 individuals, providing 600,000 services at 20 locations in South Florida.

Henderson strives to be a "community problem solver," and carefully and intentionally focuses its efforts on some of Florida's most urgent behavioral health and human services needs. In addition to providing the full-range of evidence-based behavioral healthcare services to all ages, Henderson is also committed to creating and managing a system of housing for adults and children.

Henderson operates over 650 housing units throughout the South Florida region; including supportive housing, permanent housing for those with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders, a safe-haven and emergency homeless shelter, residential treatment and group home care.

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