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Mental Health Cooperative
The Mental Health Cooperative is a core service agency to serve persons with serious, persistent mental illness (SPMI). Today, MHC serves 4,000 participants in case management and has expanded its emergency psychiatric services. The grant is to hire a licensed alcohol and drug counselor to assist in the proper identification and diagnosis of the substance use/ abuse issues of the SPMI persons who are currently presenting in crisis or who are identified by other sources. This program will provide immediate, appropriate intervention to the substance use/abuse issues of consumers presenting in crisis as well as long term intervention and support to SPMI persons presenting with substance use/abuse issues. The counselor will also train MHC staff members on substance use/abuse issues. Of 3874 crisis episodes, MHC will decrease the number of repeat crisis episodes and repeat hospitalizations for dually diagnosed individuals.