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PFP receives federal grant to increase access to behavioral health services

Places for People received a two year, $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to expand and enhance access to behavioral health care services, particularly for individuals in St. Louis City and County who are involved in the criminal justice system or those who are at increased risk of criminal legal system involvement.

The JUSTICE (Justice-involved and Under-served: Treatment Integration & Community Empowerment) Project aims to engage more than 600 people in Places for People’s full array of services, including assertive outreach, outpatient therapy, outpatient substance use treatment, and adult case management during the two-year grant. The project has a specific goal to engage in long-term service 138 individuals in need of mental health or substance use treatment through the court system.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services via Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded nearly $14 million in grants to support mental health and addiction services at five certified community behavioral health clinics in Missouri. Places for People became the only CCBHO to serve St. Louis City and County in July 2017.

Places for People previously received a $2.5 million grant from SAMHSA in 2018 to provide treatment to people who are unhoused, and a two-year, $3.8 million grant from SAMHSA in 2018 to expand access to services for individuals and families who are uninsured or underinsured.