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
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
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.”