State Invests $55 Million in Mental Health Services, Launches Indiana 988 – Inside INdiana Business

Dove House is receiving over $1 million from the FSSA to expand its staff, as well as providing 15 additional beds for homeless women and providing outpatient services to 30 additional women per year. (photo courtesy of Dove Recovery House for Women)

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration provides nearly $55 million in grants to improve mental health services in Indiana. The FSSA says the funding, which comes from its Mental Health and Addictions Division, is intended to expand the continuum of care and improve mental health and addictions outcomes for local organizations.

The largest investment is in the Catalyst Community Grants, which are awarded to 37 grantees. The total investment includes $22.3 million in local and beneficiary matching funding, as well as $32.5 million in federal funds.

“A serious and persistent result of the COVID-19 pandemic that has been widely recognized by experts across the country is a worsening of our mental health crisis,” said FSSA Secretary Dr. Dan Rusyniak. “This significant infusion of funding, spread across Indiana, will provide greater access to mental health care, expand the mental health workforce, and invest in our state’s mental health infrastructure.”

Grant recipients include Dove House in Marion and Dubois Counties, La Porte Community Resource Intervention’s Substance Abuse, Instability and Suicidal Support Awareness Program, and the Marion County Reentry Coalition, among others. You can connect to a full list of grant recipients by clicking here.

The organization is also launching Indiana 988. On Saturday, 988 will go live in Indiana and nationwide as the new three-digit national dialing code to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The FSSA says Hoosiers with mental health issues are encouraged to call 988 to speak to a professional crisis specialist.

Additionally, the FSSA says Indiana is establishing an $8 million partnership with Riley Children’s Health to provide mental health services in pediatric primary care offices.

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