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State awards Tri-City $4 million to expand services

The state of California recently awarded two grants totaling $4,020,932 to Tri-City Mental Health, which the mental health service’s governing board approved to accept on March 16.

The California Department of Health Care Services granted Tri-City $200,000 to support Crisis Care Mobile Units planning. The Crisis Care Mobile Units and Mental Health Student Services Act grants will help expand behavioral and mental health services for youth and young adults up to age 25 in the cities of Claremont, Pomona, and La Verne.

The purpose of this yearlong effort is to develop and expand mobile behavioral health crisis services, including linkages to necessary care and support, for individuals ages 25 and younger to prevent and divert involvement in the criminal justice system.

Tri-City also received a Mental Health Student Services Act grant totaling $3,820,932 for a four-year, four-month planning and implementation project.

This funding will be used to help “foster school-community partnerships, train staff in schools and behavioral health clinics, and provide and increase access to mental health services for children/youth/young adults, students, and families in locations where they feel comfortable.”

Both grant projects are currently in the planning and development phase. The Tri-City team has started work on facilitating stakeholder engagement to obtain feedback and insight that will inform subsequent action and implementation plans.

For more information, contact Erin Sapinoso at esapinoso@tricitymhs.org or call (909) 784-3091.

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