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Outreach Services to Minorities and Refugees

Adult and Child Center is very excited to announce a grant award from the Indiana Department of Mental Health and Addictions to embed behavioral health staff into neighborhood based programs which are focused on serving minority populations around Greater Indianapolis.  This multiple year project will embed staff in programs at Esperanza Ministries, BACI-Indy, and Catholic Charities starting January 2016.

With the implementation of HIP 2.0 in Indiana, and the steady uptick in the minority populations in and around Indianapolis, Adult and Child Center is beginning to see an increase in the demand for behavioral health services from non-english speaking populations.  “We are very excited to have great partners like BACI, Esperanza, and Catholic Charities on this project.  Each of them are amazingly mission driven and focused on improving the general health and well-being of their consumers.  This project is very unique and exciting because while we are embedding clinical staff in new cultures, we will also use Peer Specialist to bridge the language and cultural divide.  A Peer Specialist is someone from a particular culture who is also well versed in the delivery of behavioral health services.”  said Dan Arens, Director of Business Development at Adult and Child Center.

This project is the first of many programs A&C hopes to implement in Central Indiana focused on providing increased access to behavioral health services.

“A significant part of Adult and Child Center’s Neighborhood Based Mental Health plan involves better engagement of minority populations.  A&C is proud to have partnered with 3 minority focused agencies in this proposal.  The plan of operation involves developing a low cost model of engagement from within these minority communities.  In order to break through generationally engrained cultural barriers and stigma around mental health and addictions, Adult and Child Center is proposing an innovative model. Through this model, Adult and Child Center will leverage both a full-time LCSW with special interest in supporting minority populations AND specially trained bi-lingual peer specialists from each partner agency culture to identify, engage, and support the populations targeted within this proposal.  The goal of this project is to increase mental health service usage rates among targeted minority populations.  The critical components of improving access to care include culturally sensitive engagement, relationship building, education, and warm hand-offs.”

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Adult & Child Health Receives CCBHC Designation

Adult & Child Health, a leading community mental health center in Central Indiana, is thrilled to announce it has been designated as a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). This designation is announced alongside the exciting news that Indiana was selected as one of 10 new states to join the CCBHC Medicaid Demonstration Program. By becoming a CCBHC, Adult & Child Health can unlock critical resources to address the growing need for mental health services in Indianapolis. This includes crisis care, improved staff recruitment and retention thanks to sustainable funding, and the ability to expand their service offerings. CCBHC will allow Adult & Child Health to offer competitive compensation and top-of-market wages, making them a more attractive workplace for qualified providers. With the rich history and commitment of Adult & Child Health to making a difference, they can achieve even greater impact through this transformation. “Indiana’s selection for the CCBHC program is a major step forward in strengthening mental health resources for residents,” said C.J. Davis, CEO, Adult & Child Health. “This designation allows us to make a significant impact by expanding access to essential mental health services in Central Indiana. We’re committed to ensuring our community members have the resources they need to live healthy and fulfilling lives.” The Biden-Harris Administration announced the additional states being added to the CCBHC program earlier today. Adult & Child Health had been selected by the state to be a CCBHC if Indiana was selected, but the decision of which states would be selected to join the program had been pending until today. CCBHC is a transformational program that provides sustainable funding for designated organizations and has been shown to increase access to mental health and substance use care, reduce homelessness and substance use, decrease use of emergency rooms and hospitalizations and improve overall health outcomes. It requires that designated CCBHC organizations provide 24/7 crisis services, outpatient care within 10 business days, medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder, care coordination and support services, as well as other evidence-based treatments.

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Homeless Resource Team Celebrates Outstanding Scores & Client Outcomes

Adult & Child Health’s Homeless Resource Team (HRT) is celebrating the recent achievement of outstanding Continuum of Care (CoC) scores. The Indianapolis scoring metrics are aligned with those developed by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and are meant to evaluate project performance and rank projects based on CoC priorities. Homeless resource and housing projects are evaluated on areas such as data quality, length of time individuals are in the program, cost effectiveness, returns to homelessness, mainstream benefits (i.e. whether clients have been connected to food/food stamps, phone, and other resources), insurance access, and client source of income. A&C’s projects ranked first and third in Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) and second in Rapid Rehousing (RRH), with zero exits to homelessness. Two areas in which A&C’s projects scored especially well were data quality and severity of barriers, which are testaments to HRT staff’s efforts to accurately and thoroughly track their data and to connect their clients with the resources they need to remain housed. “People not returning to homelessness is important; that’s why we retitled ‘Case Manager’ to ‘Housing Stability and Engagement Coordinator,’ said Brian Paul, Team Leader. This shift in language helps emphasize the team culture of striving to connect clients to services and ensuring that they’re able to meet their basic needs. “Ten years ago, we were not where we are now,” Brian said, explaining that the team utilized the CoC metrics to target and focus on challenges they could solve and areas where they could improve. The team’s hard work, attention to detail, and focus on client outcomes continues to pay off as they rank at the top of homeless resource projects in the Indianapolis area. Below: HRT Street Outreach Professionals Chad Hunter and Kristi Petrey purchase outreach supplies with an Aldi gift card donation. Click here to support HRT’s mission by helping to provide resources for Central Indiana’s unhoused neighbors. You can also support A&C’s 2024 National Health Center Week Drive here.

Sarah Miller, PMHNP-BC

Sarah Miller works with the addictions team, general psychiatry for adolescents and adults, and the competency restoration team. She is board-certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Her specialties are working in addictions and with people who experience serious mental illness.

Miller graduated from Indiana University with a psychology degree and went back to school for nursing. She received her nursing degree from Indiana Wesleyan University and worked in a nursing home and also spent time working in a group home with adolescents. She received her master’s degree from Vanderbilt University.

She enjoys hanging out with her family and her two dogs, and going to sporting events.

Joanna Chambers, MD

Dr. Joanna Chambers is a psychiatrist who began seeing Adult & Child Health patients in November 2021. She graduated from Medical College of Georgia with her Doctorate of Medicine in 1996 and completed her residency in psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. In addition to bringing a wealth of experience, she currently serves as an associate professor at Indiana University School of Medicine where she teaches Clinical Psychiatry. She is certified in Addiction Medicine and has a special interest in treating pregnant and postpartum women. She is President of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry Organization as well as a sitting member of many medical association boards. Recently, she has won the Residents’ Award for Teaching Excellence in 2020 from Indiana University and has received “Best Doctors Award” in 2010, 2011, and 2014. Dr. Chambers is incredibly active in the medical, academic, and research realms of medicine. She is currently accepting new patients on Wednesdays.