Hamilton Center Inc. receives two new grants


TERRE HAUTE Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Hamilton Center receives two new grants. A $3.75 million grant will help expand services in Vigo County and an $18,860 grant will create a mentoring program at the Vigo County Juvenile Detention Center.

The over $3 million grant was awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. It’s a two-year grant made possible by the CCBHC (Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic) expansion grant. Hamilton Center is working toward CCBHC designation.

Melvin Burks, CEO of the Hamilton Center, said this grant will help address specific components of need in the community.

The grant will focus on helping adults and children with severe mental illness, chronic physical health needs and substance abuse issues.

The grant will also help establish a 24-hour mobile crisis team and an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) model to provide services that help people integrate into society and become independent. The funds will also offer additional screening for the center’s efforts in offering primary and behavioral healthcare.

The CCBHC grant offers $200 million annually across the U.S. and $250 million in emergency COVID-19 funding.

The United Way of the Wabash Valley awarded $18,860 to the Hamilton Center to target youth at the Vigo County Juvenile Detention Center, grades 4-11, and to utilize a new Achievement Mentoring.

The program aims to decrease juvenile criminal activity, like drug and alcohol use and strive to boost students grades and keep kids in school. It will also work to increase employment.

Mentors will meet with students each week to go over “report cards” submitted by their teachers that detail the student’s weekly classroom behavior, attendance and academic performance.

Mentors will also interview with students’ teachers each week and complete one hour of consultation/coaching session with a Center for Supportive Schools consultant each month. Mentors will also stay in contact with student’s caregivers to give feedback, encouragement.

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