In April 2015 a team of BHARP staff and BHARP member county staff, with the consultative support of the state Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and System of Care Partnership, came together to develop a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) System of Care Grant (SOC) application. In July 2015 the grant host county program, Columbia/Montour/Snyder/Union county joinder, received notification that the grant was funded. SAMHSA funded the full requested amount: $1,000,000 per year for 4 years.
During the application development process 8 BHARP member counties affirmed their interest in participating in the grant activities at the highest level. These 8 counties are identified as “Tier 1” System of Care counties. They are Forest, Northumberland, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Union, Warren, and Wayne. Tier 1 counties will have access to $50,000 per year of the grant to support their local goals related to the core activities and additional county priorities which they identify. The remaining 15 BHARP counties will have opportunities to access training and other resources developed as a part of the grant as it evolves.
There are 4 core activities identified in the submission which support system transformation: creating SOC leadership teams in each of the Tier 1 counties and at the BHARP level, developing a family driven system of care, developing a youth driven system of care, and developing a trauma informed system of care.
County leadership teams and the leadership team at the BHARP level will include at least 25% family partners, 25% youth partners and those representing system stakeholders such as behavioral health, substance abuse, juvenile justice, child welfare, education, etc. Each Tier 1 county will develop strategies to support the core activities based on their resources and needs. The BHARP leadership team will also support the core activities with a focus on developing a trauma informed system of care.
This project, publication/report/etc. was developed [in part] under grant number 1U79SM062468-01 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.