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Grant Will Establish Adult and Child Health as a Certified Community Behavioral Health Center

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 9, 2021) – The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced Adult and Child Health (A&C) has received a two-year, $3.9 million grant to expand and enhance behavioral health services in Marion and Johnson counties.  This grant, funded in part by the CARES Act, enables Adult and Child Health and nine other Indiana centers to operate as Certified Community Behavioral Health Centers (CCBHCs). 

With the additional funding, A&C will implement more comprehensive mental and substance use treatment by adopting CCBHC service standards – an integrated and financially sustainable model for care delivery. Created by the National Excellence in Mental Health and Addiction Treatment Expansion Act, the purpose of the CCBHC program is to increase access to mental health and substance use treatment while also treating co-occurring primary care concerns.

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“We’re grateful to SAMHSA for the award and to our partners at the state for supporting the CCBHC model of care, said Allen Brown, President and CEO of Adult and Child Health. “Indiana is leading with the number of mental health centers that have CCBHC designation. We’re confident outcomes will show that the CCBHC approach is a superior model for the mental health and addictions safety net.”

As a CCBHC, A&C’s services will include same-day behavioral health care, mobile crisis services, treatment with medication for opioid use disorder, primary care health screenings, community-based treatment, case management and care coordination with community partners that serve veterans, children, and those involved with the justice system.  

“The grant couldn’t come at a better time for A&C. Along with the COVID-19 hardships people are facing, we’re seeing record levels of depression, anxiety, and addiction,” said Dan Arens, Adult and Child Health’s Chief Operating Officer.  “This funding creates access to critical services for the people who absolutely need it the most.” 

Target populations for CCBHC services include individuals with serious mental health or addiction, including opioid disorders; children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbance; and individuals with co-occurring physical health disorders. CCBHCs provide person- and family-centered services to any individual in need, regardless of their ability to pay or their place of residence. 

Adult & Child Health is a community mental health center and Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Look Alike that offers primary care and behavioral health services. We strive for caring communities, where every child, adult and family have the opportunities they need to live healthy, happy, productive lives. For more information about Adult & Child Health services, please contact Adam Wire, marketing and communications specialist, at 317-882-5122.

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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.