The Maryland Department of Health (MDH), Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) was recently awarded $16,100,385 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Administration (SAMHSA), Mental Health Block Grant (MHBG) COVID-19 Relief Funding. Mental health block grant funds were requested to develop a readmission
reduction pilot program that deploys teams of case managers to deliver 24/7 care coordination and psychosocial support to individuals who have a serious mental illness,
including individuals with medical challenges and co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders (SUD). The team will work with the psychiatric units located
within the jurisdictions’ Emergency Departments (EDs) to identify individuals (adults and older adults) who are high utilizers of EDs or have had one hospital visit 6 months prior to
admission to the program. The team will work with the individual, their family, and community providers to find appropriate services and work with the hospitals to develop
discharge plans based on their assessments and treatment plan. The team will provide case management support 30-60 days post discharge, care coordination, education, skills
training, and help address social determinants of health.
The Washington County Mental Health Authority, along with Frederick, Allegany, Wicomico and St. Mary’s Counties, is announcing a request for proposals for this initiative.
A pre-bid conference will be held October 7th, 2021 at 10am.
Proposals must be submitted by 4pm on October 18th, 2021.
Award announcements will be made November 1st, 2021.