St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Receives $ 1.125 Million to Improve Access to Behavioral Health Services Livonia, Michigan (MI), Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

Additional funding to help expand mental health awareness and treatment in Chelsea and surrounding communities

CHELSEA, MI, (November 2, 2021) – St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea announced that it has received a $ 625,000 Mental Health Awareness and Training (MHAT) grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and a $ 500,000 gift from local resident and former patient Scott Baird and his wife Janice. The combined additional funding of $ 1,125,000 will support the expansion of behavioral health services offered by the hospital to residents of Chelsea and surrounding communities, including Dexter, Stockbridge, Manchester and Grass Lakes.. In particular, the MHAT grant will provide mental health training to over 2,500 community members over the next five years.

“We know that mental illness is often overlooked and ruled out and that more can be done to help those who are suffering in our community,” said Nancy Graebner-Sundling, president of St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea. “Having Scott and Janice’s support in this effort, especially given Scott’s health journey, is an inspiration to all of us who have come to know him and his story. Along with the MHAT grant, the Bairds will make a significant impact in our community. We will reach more people and provide them with the education and support they need to live healthier and fuller lives. ”

Barriers to accessing mental health care are a significant issue facing many Americans. More than half of adults with mental illness in the United States do not receive mental health care. Mental health problems are much more common than most people realize. According to 2019 research from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, more than 1.3 million Michiganders have a mental health problem. About 38 percent of these people (and 80 percent of those with substance use disorders) are not receiving care for various reasons. The COVID-19 pandemic is believed to have only exacerbated these problems.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the nation’s behavioral health and improve the lives of people with disorders mental health and drug addiction. , and their families. In particular tThe MHAT grant program prepares and trains community members and first responders on how to respond appropriately and safely to people with mental disorders.

The St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Community Health Improvement Team and SRSLY Coalitions will use the MHAT grant to develop and implement evidence-based mental health awareness training, including Question Persuade Refer (QPR ) for youth and adults, Teen Mental Health First Aid (a peer program designed for adolescents), Youth Mental Health First Aid (a program for adults who work with youth) and Mental Health First Aid (a program for adults to recognize mental health issues in other adults). The trainings will be available for adults and adolescents who work with young people, parents, grandparents and caregivers and adolescents. The grant will also identify resources and support available for mental health, establish referral mechanisms to connect youth to mental health services and help youth develop a stigma reduction campaign. .

After surviving prostate cancer and losing a significant amount of weight, Scott Baird decided to seek additional help from the Behavioral Health Department at St. Joe’s Chelsea. He has since benefited from therapy as well as the services of an Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) coach, a life coach and a wellness coach. Today Scott, who has been a long-time Chelsea resident and raised his daughters in the community, has never felt happier, healthier or more connected to his friends and neighbors. He is an ADHD Peer Support Moderator and Mentor; remains committed to maintaining a healthy weight; and electric bike 12 miles a day.

“I know my donation to St. Joe’s Chelsea is making a difference for patients and giving back has been a key part of my own healing journey,” said Scott. “I want to make sure that the programs that have helped me change my life are accessible to others who need help.

Giving has been an important part of Scott’s healing process. After his 2018 battle with prostate cancer, he and his wife Janice began their philanthropic giving to St. Joe’s Chelsea by donating to support radiation oncology services. The couple then began their continued support for the St. Joe’s Chelsea Diabetes Prevention Program in 2019. Since then, they have also made gifts to provide equipment to patients at the Cancer Center, helped with COVID relief efforts and have started their philanthropic support for St. Joe’s Chelsea Behavioral Health Services.

For more information on how to make a difference at St. Joe’s Chelsea, please visit https://www.stjoeshealth.org/about-us/ways-to-give/.

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About St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea
St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea (SJMC) is a not-for-profit joint venture hospital, partnered with Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, a member of the Trinity Health National Catholic Health System based in Livonia, Michigan, and Michigan Medicine, the medical center University of Michigan scholar. Founded in 1970, SJMC is nationally recognized for quality of care and patient satisfaction by the national ranking organization Press Ganey, and is accredited by the Joint Commission. SJMC employs over 1,200 people with a medical staff of approximately 700 physicians. Major services include robust medical and surgical service lines, eight operating theaters, 24-hour emergency service and an emergency room for the elderly, a state-of-the-art cancer center, a physical medicine and rehabilitation department, a comprehensive headache treatment unit and behavioral health services.

For more information on SJMC, please visit www.stjoeschelsea.org.

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