$4 million grant to help emotionally disturbed adolescents

Broward County has received a $1 million annual grant for four years, for a total of $4 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Grant funds will be used to implement a comprehensive plan to enhance the system of care for adolescents and young adults ages 14-21 with serious emotional problems and other conditions such as substance abuse and trauma.

The grant begins on September 30, 2015 and will be administered by the Broward County Human Services Department’s Community Partnerships Division in collaboration with the Broward Behavioral Health Coalition.

The grant will support expansion of the current system of services to provide youth and family-driven care to help adolescents with serious mental health problems remain in the community and out of residential placements, the juvenile justice system and other restrictive settings. Grant activities include engaging youth and families as primary stakeholders in the system of care, developing culturally and linguistically competent services and implementing evidence-based practices.

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