Egyptian Health Department proposes to improve outcomes for transitional aged youth (TAY 16-21 years) with serious emotional disturbances or serious mental illnesses by expand its existing system of care (SOC) to an additional county, Wayne County creating a five county SOC as well as expanding evidence-based practices (EBPs) Approximately 5,800 TAY reside in Project Connect 3.0’s five-county service area. Project Connect 3.0 proposes to serve 400 unduplicated TAY over entire grant project and approximately 100 TAY will be served intensively annually. This project builds upon the existing Project Connect SOC that was developed in 2009 and expanded and sustained in 2016 with grant awards from the Children’s Mental Health Initiative System of Care from SAMHSA.
Project Connect 3.0 goals include to expand and sustain partnerships with key leaders/collaborators ; increase referrals and expand services and supports from SOC partners, including juvenile justice, child welfare, and inpatient/residential treatment facilities; develop a team of Peer Recovery Support Specialists who will expand outreach and engagement efforts, improve access, and retention in treatment and support services; increase the unduplicated number of TAY receiving mental health EBPs, supports, and practices; expand and increase access to an array of Substance Use Disorder services; improve educational, employment, and housing stability services and increase access to health services for TAY.
A summary of the measurable objectives include to establish 30 Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs); 10 with TAY providers; by the end of Year 1, 25% of the Governance Council will be TAY; divert 70% of TAY from the juvenile justice system by providing alternatives;serve at least 50% of the youth aging out or close to aging out of child welfare and provide transition and linkage services upon discharge from out of home care; recruit, hire, and train 7 Peer Support Specialists to serve at least 100 TAY per yr; establish a Young Adult Center to serve 60% of enrolled TAY per year; provide screening for 80% TAY by end of Year 1; screen 85% of enrolled TAY with Social Needs (AHC HRSN) screening tool’ expand the provision of EBPs to at least 100 TAY with SED/SMI per year; dissemination of EBPs through training and support for 400 professionals per year; provide comprehensive psychological evaluations and assessment to 5% of enrolled TAY; 25% enrolled TAY will receive psychiatry services though tele-psychiatry; provide evidence-based substance use and mental health treatment services; recruit and hire 2 IDDT specialists within 6-12 months of the start of the project; provide housing stabilization and transportation services; provide IPS employment and education services to at least 25% of enrollees and provide assistance for health benefit program enrollment to TAY.