Liberty Resources Receives $1.5 Million SAMHSA Grant to Integrate Primary Care and Mental Health Clinic

September 27, 2016

Liberty Resources has been awarded a four-year $1.5 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to integrate primary care services into its Brownell Center outpatient mental health and Liberty Resources Family Health Care clinics. With the goal of improving the physical health status of people with mental illnesses and addictions, SAMHSA developed the Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) program. Through this program, SAMHSA provides support to communities to coordinate and integrate primary care services into behavioral health settings, ultimately resulting in improved overall health status of the community served.

“Liberty Resources is pleased to be the recipient of the grant award from SAMHSA to provide integrated physical health with mental health and substance use disorder treatment services to the residents of Onondaga and the surrounding counties,” said Carl Coyle, CEO of Liberty Resources. “All too often individuals with serious mental illness ignore their whole health needs or find it difficult to receive care from conventional primary care providers. We are excited to offer the community primary care services integrated within Liberty Resources Brownell Center and Family Health Care clinic.”

The SAMHSA grant will specifically support Liberty Resources Brownell Center by fully integrating primary care services into programming to help adults better engage in medical care that will lead to improvement of their physical and mental health. It is projected to serve more than 1,700 adults with serious mental illnesses. Liberty Resources Clinical Director Kim Langbart, LCSW MPA, will oversee the integration project as Program Director.

The clinics serve individuals in Onondaga, Madison, and Oswego Counties in Central New York that are characterized with the highest incidence of co-morbidity, hospitalization and mortality due to drug use, and lowest frequency of primary care engagement. The grant will increase Liberty Resources’ capacity to improve access to primary care services; increase health prevention, early identification and intervention; and ultimately improve the overall health of children and adults with serious mental illnesses.