Terros Health, an integrated healthcare provider that has been Inspiring Change for Life in Arizonans with mental health challenges for more than 50 years, has been awarded a $4 million expansion grant by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to improve access to quality mental health and substance use treatment.

The company received one of 100 federal grants nationwide to adopt the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic model of care at its 27th Avenue Health Center in Phoenix. The model emphasizes recovery, wellness, trauma-informed care, and physical and behavioral health integration. 

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“Our goal is to expand the range of care available, stabilize those in crisis, and integrate physical and behavioral health to help people on a path to total well-being, said Peggy Chase, Terros Health’s president and CEO. 

“Terros Health has served the medically underserved for more than 50 years,” she added. “Now, we are part of an exclusive group of 431 CCBCs nationwide and just three CCBHCs in Arizona.”

The other two CCBHCs in Arizona are Valle de Sol in Phoenix and Southeastern Arizona Behavioral Health Services in Benson.

The CCBHC model focuses on comprehensive treatment in nine key areas, including 24/7 crisis intervention, individual and family-centered integrated care, outpatient mental health and substance use treatment and veterans services. This one-stop-shop approach also covers screening and risk assessments, targeted case management, psychiatric rehabilitation services, peer support counseling and family support services.

“The model ensures care coordination with hospitals, law enforcement and schools, along with access to specialized services, including Medication-Assisted Treatment for those challenged by substance use disorder,” Chase said.

Terros Health currently provides the majority of these services at its three federally qualified community health centers in Phoenix, which provide health care to veterans, residents in public housing, the homeless and other special populations.

At its 27th Avenue Health Center, the company will expand screenings, testing and vaccinations for behavioral health patients. Additionally, Terros Health will offer mobile health services, including non-emergency screening and treatment, and give veterans more access to care through a stepped-up partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

All told, SAMSHA awarded $250 million in CCBHC expansion grants, with $115 million from COVID relief funds, $77 million from the American Rescue Plan and $59 million in annual appropriations.

For more information about the grant, visit terroshealth.org.