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HRSA Behavioral Health Grant 2018

September 30, 2019 No Comments

There are many challenges living out in the country – not only just being alone out here with the ability to get from point
A to point B and what that ties into it’s like healthcare. My name is Anna
Faul. I’m the Program Director of the Behavioral Health Workforce Enhancement Program grant and it is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services. We want to go out in the community and serve older adults with behavioral
health services that they currently don’t have. My name is Christian Davis
Furman and I’m a geriatrician and palliative medicine doctor that works at
the Institute for Sustainable Health and Optimal Aging. Other universities have received this grant to teach behavioral health but the University of Louisville
focused on older adults in rural communities. As we age,
mental health is essential. We have mental disorders that are unique to our
age. When you are isolated, your depression, your mental disorder gets
worse. General medical care does not have the behavioral health component, but
specifically in the rural areas it’s even harder to get access to
psychologists, psychiatrists, or social workers. The grant is first to engage primary care practices in understanding the role
of behavioral health and that the role that plays in holistic approach to care. After that, the goal is to engage students in a learning model where we
will teach them the skill set. There is a year-long curriculum – they will receive a
certificate at the end of that and then they will be engaging and actually doing
the behavioral health at the top of their license. This grant pays quite a
strong stipend out to students to engage in this initiative. The other level that
makes us all so unique is that now for the first time we have the means to
go into these practices and be like a boots on the ground approach to deal
with mental health in these areas that really do not have any services
available to them. We’ll have the behavioral health people right there in the
doctor’s office and so it helps take care of the patient right then, but also
helps train the physician, the nurse practitioner. It just is going to transform these practices to be able to really recognize
the benefit of behavioral health and incorporate it into the practice on a
daily basis.

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