VIRGINIA, MN-- With the help of a $2 million federal grant, the Range Mental Health Center will be able to expand its existing services while working toward a new state certification and ultimately help more people.
"Making sure people get all the services that they need, mental health care, medical services, supports in their homes. Those kinds of things," said Susan Predovich, Executive Assistant for the Center.
The Range Mental Health Center will receive funding over the next two years from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The grant will allow the center to add more staff like care coordinators, medical directors, and expand current services to qualify for a Minnesota certification: A Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic.
"Provide certain services, we have to have outpatient therapy, psychiatry, an ACT team," said Janis Allen, CEO of the Range Mental Health Center. "We have to provide crisis services, that sort of stuff."
The new staff and expansion will help the center work with primary care providers and build the best plan for patients.
"The first point of contact for someone to gather information for initial assessments and schedule a diagnostic assessment," said Allen. "Which drives services and also make referrals to primary care or substance abuse assessments."
The center plans to make advancements in its data analytics systems so they can see how there serving the community.
"Part of the care that's been driven are people getting better, are they meeting their treatment goals," said Allen.
They also hope the new advancements will help close any gaps, especially when it comes to serving the communities veterans and minority communities.
This May, the center will mark its 60th anniversary.
Staff says it's incredible to be able to continue to support those in the community and offer more resources in the future.
"The community support that we are able to provide for this community, the way we can offer so many different types of services I think is invaluable," said Predovich.
The expansions will be seen across the four locations they have across the Range.
Officials say they serve roughly 7,000 people per year, 1,200 of those are children throughout their school programs.