Project Summary: Catholic Charities, Diocese of Trenton (CCT), with over a century of service, focuses on promoting recovery and strengthening families in New Jersey. Through CCBHC-IA, CCT will expand its CCBHC behavioral health and mental health services to underserved communities in Mercer and Burlington Counties. Through this project, CCT will grow services for individuals of all ages with behavioral health diagnoses in its catchment area.
Geographic Catchment Area: Mercer and Burlington Counties, New Jersey
Project Name: CCT CCBHC Improvement and Advancement to Serve Individuals with BH Diagnoses in Mercer and Burlington Counties, New Jersey
Populations to be served: Our CCBHC will serve low-income, uninsured adults and children, primarily Black/Latino, with a behavioral health diagnosis, including Severe Mental Illness (SMI), Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED), Substance Use Disorders (SUD), and co-occurring disorders (COD).
Number to be served: Year 1: 210; Year 2: 315; Year 3: 315 Year 4: 315; Life of project:1,155
Project strategies/interventions: CCT will use a combination of several evidence-based- interventions, including Illness and Management Recovery (IMR), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), and Trauma-Informed Care.
Project goals and measurable objectives: CCT’s goals for this project include: Increase the number of individuals who are aware of mental health resources; Decrease symptoms of psychological distress through increased access to mental health services, Reduce suicide risk, and prevent death by suicide; Reduce the prevalence of alcohol misuse and related risks; and Reduce the incidence of substance use, including opioids. CCT’s corresponding CCBHC-IA measurable objectives include: Each year, we will reach 5,000 individuals through a media and in-person campaign to raise awareness of CCBHC services; Each year, we will conduct outreach and education at appropriate, targeted venues at six (6) community events, to reach a total of 600 individuals per year; Each year, screen 90% of those projected to be served by the CCBHC for mental health conditions, (PHQ-9, GAD-7); 85% of those at-risk will accept a referral to mental health services; Each year, 65% of CCBHC patients will have reduced risk for depression and anxiety, as indicated by improvements in PHQ-9 and GAD-7 scores between assessments; Each year, screen 90% of those projected to be served by the CCBHC for suicide risk using C-SSRS; 85% of CCBHC patients screened at-risk for suicide will develop a crisis plan, and 85% of those at-risk will accept a referral to targeted case management services; Each year, screen 90% of those projected to be served by the CCBHC for substance use, using DAST10/20 and AUDIT-C; 75% of those at-risk will accept a referral to SUD services and; Each grant year, 65% of CCBHC patients will have reduced substance use, as indicated by improvements in screening scores between DAST10/20 and AUDIT-C assessments.