Good Samaritan's Samaritan Center Receives Additional Funding For Quality Care

During Tuesday night’s board meeting, Andrea Cole, Executive Director of Behavioral Health, explained that the Samaritan Center, a Community Mental Health Center of Good Samaritan, received additional recognition and funding for the quality of care and increased volume of patients that they have served.

The Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) have awarded Samaritan Center a contract expansion and grant extension; both of which are from the State of Indiana. The contract expansion will provide an additional $109,501 to the Samaritan Center so they are able to provide a continuum of care, including treatment and other services, to individuals with chronic addiction, serious mental illness, or serious emotional disturbance. This expansion will allow the Samaritan Center to provide needed care to the increased number of patients they are seeing.

The DMHA grant extension was also awarded to the Samaritan Center for the amount of $267,734 from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. This one-year extension is given to focus efforts on the specific needs for adults with serious mental illness and/or co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders. The primary focus around this grant is to help: (i) decrease the need for re-admissions to the inpatient hospital setting, (ii) decrease the need for emergency room visits, (iii) identifying and establish primary care services and (iv) assist with confusion or compliance issues in the primary care setting.

Both the DMHA extension and expansion will offset some of the staffing and service expenses that are required to serve the identified populations. The Samaritan Center collaborates with Good Samaritan’s Primary Care Clinic and Physician Network to coordinate the health care and well-being of patients in Knox, Daviess, Martin and Pike counties with this type of funding.

The Samaritan Center also received a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) Reentry Grant Extension for approximately $230,000. This federal grant extension will begin August 1, 2016 and end July 31, 2017 in order to continue programming that expands and/or enhances substance use disorder treatment, related recovery and reentry services. These services are provided to sentenced substance-abusing adult offenders/ex-offenders who are returning to their families and community from incarceration in state and local facilities including prison, jails or detention centers in Knox and Daviess counties.

“This will be our fourth year to receive the SAMSHA Reentry Grant,” said Cole. “Over the years, we have built really strong relationships and worked closely with the members of the Knox and Daviess County criminal justice system to help decrease barriers that lead to high recidivism rates. Without these relationships, our work would not be as near as successful or productive.”

The Samaritan Center offers services that are designed to improve the quality of life for people of all ages, giving them a place to turn and helping them along the path to recovery. Because of their continuous dedication to quality care, more patients are able to receive behavioral health services. “We have worked extremely hard to be quality focused and take advantage of the limited resources that we have,” added Cole. “I am very proud to work among some of the most qualified and dedicated caregivers who have a defined mission to help those in need.”

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