Public Health Receives Federal Grant

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Source: Public Health Department

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (SBCPHD) received a $167,000 grant award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to expand access to integrated behavioral health services. The SBCPHD serves nearly 26,000 unique patients annually; 93% are below 200% of the Federal Poverty Line and 23% are uninsured. Nearly 14% of the SBCPHD health care center patients have been diagnosed with a behavioral health issue.

“The Public Health Department’s Health Care Centers, homeless shelter clinics, and behavioral health providers are on the front lines delivering care and offering compassion to people dealing with emotional issues,” said Deputy Director, Dr. Doug Metz. “This funding supports our programs for individuals with mental illness and will foster improvements in treatment and recovery for people with mental illness. Most importantly this funding will allow us to hire the skilled staff we need to employ evidence-based practices which will help us meet the demand for these services in our community.”

Currently there are Behavioral Health Specialists (either Licensed Clinical Social Workers or Psychologists) at each health care center with part-time support offered at the PATH Shelter in Santa Barbara. In addition, there are Substance Abuse Counselors working with people who are experiencing homelessness throughout the county either in shelters or on the streets. This funding will expand the Department’s capabilities in offering access to care.

The Public Health Department serves a critical role by providing access to health care for the uninsured and underinsured through a county-wide network of five Health Care Centers and three homeless shelter-based clinics. The Department is actively expanding access to Behavioral Health Services because treating the whole person through the integration of behavioral health services and primary care saves lives, reduces poor health outcomes, ensures quality care, and promotes efficiency and cost savings.

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Factotum Aug 22, 2019 10:16 AM
Public Health Receives Federal Grant

News report today: Seattle now spends $100,000 per transient for a total of one billion dollars - mainly for administrative overhead. Net result: growing the numbers of transients who have have now overwhelmed this misguided city. Homeless Inc money is wasted. Take that same wasted billion dollars a year and build lock-down state care institutions instead.

Factotum Aug 22, 2019 09:58 AM
Public Health Receives Federal Grant

Parse this out for content. Guard against meaningless buzz words like "support"; "recovery"; "help us meet"; "foster" ...............“This funding supports our programs for individuals with mental illness and will foster improvements in treatment and recovery for people with mental illness. Most importantly this funding will allow us to hire the skilled staff we need to employ evidence-based practices which will help us meet the demand for these services in our community.”.......... Key phrase: MOST IMPORTANTLY HIRE SKILLED STAFF is the operative term amid this unaccountable gibberish. .

Factotum Aug 22, 2019 09:49 AM
Public Health Receives Federal Grant

More funding for Homeless Inc staffers, but with no clear outcome goals or accountability metrics. Just funneling in more money. Build it and they will come.

RHS Aug 22, 2019 09:02 AM
Public Health Receives Federal Grant

Gibberish. What is this money to be used for? What will it buy? What did it cost to apply for it? What happens when the money is used up? Mostly these things just justify bureaucracy, something that this particular group is excellent at.

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