Catholic Family Center has just been awarded $1.3 million to integrate primary care into behavioral health services

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Rochester, NY … Catholic Family Center (CFC) has been awarded $1.3 million from the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) under its Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration initiative. This four-year project will enable CFC to co-locate primary care providers with mental health and substance abuse treatment clinicians to more effectively address the physical health needs of behavioral health clients. The purpose is to create a seamless and stable network of behavioral health treatment, primary health care, and wellness promotion services that will improve health outcomes for individuals with severe mental illness who may also have co-occurring substance abuse disorders.

More than 60% of CFC’s behavioral health clients lack a current relationship with a primary care provider. Individuals with severe behavioral health disorders often also suffer from potentially manageable chronic diseases, including diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, hepatitis, nicotine dependence, and other conditions. Lacking a regular source of primary care, their physical conditions go untreated until they become severe enough to require emergency treatment or hospitalization. This program will provide CFC clients with integrated care in a location appropriate to their needs and reduce the need for treatment in an acute care setting.

The funding from SAMHSA will allow CFC to locate primary care clinicians at their Mental Health Clinic at 1645 St. Paul Street, and at Restart Substance Abuse Services, currently at 55 Troup Street and relocating to 79 North Clinton in early 2017. In addition to a physical health assessment and care plan, participating clients will receive comprehensive care management and the opportunity to participate in programming to encourage healthy lifestyle behaviors such as smoking cessation, physical activity, and nutrition classes. The project will partner with Jordan Health, several clinics operated by the Rochester Regional Health Care System, and Trillium Health for clients with more comprehensive needs. These partnerships enhance the design of an integrated, person-centered care plan that best helps each client address their unique situation.

The grant funding period begins on September 30th, 2016. It is anticipated that service delivery will begin in January 2017. For more information, contact Kristie Elias, Project Director, at 546-7220 and visit:

Catholic Family Center partners with people –especially the vulnerable and those facing poverty – to help them achieve their full human potential. A division of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester, CFC offers compassionate and comprehensive services to families and individuals in need across all stages of life.

Services include family strengthening programs, refugee resettlement, emergency housing and shelters, aging and adult, adoption and foster care, substance abuse treatment, behavioral health services and advocacy.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

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