BINGHAMTON, N.Y.–(Zeest Media)–Care Compass Collaborative (CCC) is proud to announce that the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier, Inc. (MHAST) has been awarded grant funding to support the development of a Supportive Crisis Stabilization Center (SCSC) in Broome County, New York to address the rise in Mental Health and Substance Use Related crises. This critical program will greatly benefit the Southern Tier as it aims to address a systematic gap that exists in the continuum of care between mental health and substance use disorder providers and marginalized populations. To address this critical need, MHAST’s SCSC will be rooted in evidence-based, person-centered, and peer-led mental health and SUD services.

This wholistic behavioral health continuum of care not only considers a person’s needs during their care at the SCSC, but also their care after discharge. During the initial intake, a social determinants of health needs assessment will be done to identify and address any concerns such as personal safety, adequate housing, food insecurity, and unemployment early in the process. These concerns will be accounted for and incorporated into the client’s discharge and after-care plans to ensure they can achieve and sustain a successful pathway to recovery. Through the SCSC, MHAST will work to reduce health disparities and health inequities among people experiencing mental health and substance use related crises, and ensure that access to care is available to them.

“MHAST is thrilled to have been awarded funding to operate the center. There is a significant need for this service in our area and the program will support many individuals struggling with mental health and substance use disorders. We are excited to begin the next stages of this project; we look forward to working with community partners to make this new endeavor a success, and ultimately, to make a difference in the lives of so many,” shares Megan M. Crowe, Executive Director, Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier (MHAST).

Care Compass Collaborative (CCC) has been one of several integral partners that have collaborated with MHAST to support the development, writing, and submission of the grant application. Moving forward, CCC will provide project management support, as well as guidance from the regional Health Equity Council which will help to ensure that the program remains sustainable and continually evolves to ensure that the most critical needs of the community are continuously addressed, and that disparities in access, quality, and treatment outcomes for marginalized populations are eliminated through the incorporation of trauma-informed practices.

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Melissa Gusman
Marketing & Communications Manager
Care Compass Network