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Grant Development​​

SAMHSA Primary Behavioral Healthcare Integration
Social stigma and lack of access to public and private health services can prevent mental health clients from obtaining primary care or follow up care services. Lakeside Behavioral Healthcare created a solution to this problem by establishing an on-site, primary care outpatient clinic for Orange County, Florida's indigent, mentally ill population. As a result of this grant, approximately 350 Orange County residents receive on-going care, wellness education, and quarterly wellness check-ups in familiar, accessible, and comfortable surroundings.  Resources funded by the grant cover personnel costs, clinic equipment and program supplies, as well as the services of a professional program evaluator and communication tools.

US Department of Justice--Mental Health Collaboration Grant
It is estimated that 24 percent of the daily population incarcerated in Orange County, Florida suffers from mental illness. Studies indicate that mental illness is the primary criminogenic factor in their lives, driving a cycle of prolonged incarceration for relatively minor offenses and high rates of recidivism. Orange County Corrections Department, in collaboration with Lakeside Behavioral Healthcare, developed a successful diversion program to provide assessment, intervention, and advocacy for mentally ill offenders. The 2010 grant extends those services, granting access to an additional 75 offenders.  Resources provided by the grant include additional personnel and an evaluation and data system for current case managers.

Florida Department of Education--Community Compact Program
In an effort to increase the overall reading performance of at-risk high school students, POPS is launching a comprehensive family literacy program, designed to strengthen reading skills for targeted families. Interactive literacy activities link to training and education for parents through a Parent Literacy Academy. Selected high school students engage in internships with more than 88 partners in the business community, helping to connect learning and literacy to real life. The Community Compact Grant expects to increase high school graduation rates for at-risk students, to increase collaboration between parents and schools, and to increase support for Osceola and Orange County public education efforts through connections with businesses, com-munity groups, and faith based organizations.

DOJ Second Chance Act Reentry Program
Obstacles facing mentally ill inmates upon their release from jail are compounded for the female population. In addition to housing, mental health, and vocational needs, women face additional challenges: parenting concerns, women’s health issues, victimization, and a propensity for self-harm. Orange County Corrections, in partnership with Lakeside Behavioral Healthcare, addresses the unique needs of this population, with the goal of sustained treatment and support, increased employment, and education opportunities. A newly established community center provides services to 120 medium to high risk female offenders. The grant sup-ports the establishment of the community center, additional personnel costs, screening and assessment tools, and educational materials.

DOJ Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Community Based Violence Prevention
In 2010, 490 juveniles were arrested in Central Florida for violent felony offenses. The Juvenile Assessment Center, in partnership with Human Services Associates and University of Central Florida Department of Criminal Justice, has initiated a proactive approach to address youth violence. The program offers a comprehensive, community-based violence prevention program aimed at 480 juveniles residing in four specified neighborhoods. The initiative links existing crime prevention programs, involves families, neighborhoods, and schools, and establishes a network of support for at-risk youth. The goal of the program is to reduce youth violence, leading to significant positive outcomes through lives saved and properties protected. Grant funds enable a 300 percent increase in the screening assessment of all youth entered into the Juvenile Assessment Center, personnel, and professional monitoring and evaluation services.

Florida Hospital Foundation Community Health Impact Connection
The East Orlando Healthcare Collaboration addresses this region’s specific need for mental and primary health services with the creation of a community healthcare clinic. The collaborative effort offers integrative care to 200 East Orlando residents. The clinic provides mental health services, primary health care, case management, prescription gap services, and health education.