According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately one in five adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year. Individuals living with serious mental illness also face an increased risk of having chronic medical conditions. In recent years, the challenges and barriers to providing behavioral health services have increased significantly.
In response, Health Foundation of South Florida established Behavioral Health as a Priority Area in 2013. The Foundation works to establish community partnerships and expand approaches to providing effective treatment options. Since behavioral health and physical health are inter-related, providing integrated care can reduce stigma and discrimination, be cost effective and lead to improved patient outcomes.
Our goal is to increase access to quality behavioral health services for vulnerable and underserved populations in South Florida. We will partner with nonprofit and community-based organizations to:
- Support the integration of primary care and behavioral health services
- Build the capacity of the behavioral health system, through efforts such as quality improvement, management/infrastructure enhancements, or evidence-based programs
- Support the consumer and peer movement to offer behavioral health-related support services and advocacy
Priority will be given to projects that:
- Show a high likelihood of sustainability
- Reach a significant number of participants
- Demonstrate appropriateness and cultural relevance of the evidence-based model selected
- Support system-wide implementation
- Demonstrate organizational and/or staff capacity to implement project
- Leverage external dollars, resources, or expertise of other major local, state and/or national players