Blue Cross Blue Shield Arizona provides grant to fight substance use disorders
PHOENIX (KVOA) – Arizona’s Blue Cross Blue Shield announced Monday that it is providing $ 565,000 to seven community organizations across the state that provide programs and services to fight substance use disorders . Grants are awarded to these organizations for programs that address substance use disorders with at least one of the three complicating factors: COVID-19, social determinants of health and / or concurrent mental health issues. .
“We have seen over the past year that when we work together we can accomplish great things,” said Pam Kehaly, President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. “We hope these grants will take us one step closer to a healthier Arizona.”
Between 2017 and 2021, Arizona experienced approximately 65,982 opioid overdoses, resulting in 9,053 deaths. To help reduce these numbers, BCBSAZ’s Mobile AZ Initiative invests in local organizations that develop and deliver prevention programs and provide treatment and recovery services for substance use disorders and problems. mental health, BCBSAZ said. The public health movement is targeting the health issues that hit Arizonans the most, he said.
One of the successes of this annual grant program comes from Flagstaff Shelter Services, BCBSAZ said. The organization received a $ 100,000 grant from BCBSAZ’s Mobilize AZ initiative in 2019. The funds helped mobilize housing-focused care teams to link addiction treatment and recovery services for people without stable housing. The emergency shelter reported an 81% reduction in substance use / abuse and a 60% decrease in emergency room visits among the 311 clients who collaborated with the organization’s housing care teams .
The following community organizations will receive grants from BCBSAZ this year:
- US VETS – Prescott, a Yavapai County-based location that provides employment assistance, transportation, counseling, case management, workforce development, a full-service career center , a veterans service center, quality care and housing for the men and women who have served our country. (The funds will help the organization provide safe and effective care for veterans over 55 who suffer from increased substance abuse, depression and other problems due to social isolation. caused by COVID-19 restrictions.)
- Native Health, a Phoenix-based organization that provides high-quality patient-centered medical, dental, behavioral health, WIC, and wellness programs to urban American Indians, Alaska Natives, and others who generally encounter barriers to a holistic, patient-centered and culturally-based approach. sensitive health and welfare services. (The funds will help the organization reduce the impact of behavioral health issues while encouraging culturally appropriate role models to mitigate the effect of disparities for urban Native Americans and Alaskan Natives. The organization will focus on helping patients with social determinants of health such as diet, safety, housing, transportation, workforce development, and financial assistance that may contribute to substance abuse.)
- Youth4Youth, a Glendale-based organization that helps young people develop leadership and achievement skills while giving them the opportunity to make a positive difference in their school, community and beyond. (The funds will help the organization implement school-based prevention programs and build a Coalition for Drug-Free Communities (DFC) in Peoria. Designated as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area of Arizona (HIDTA ), Peoria currently has no prevention programs in schools. And does not have a DFC coalition, despite results from the Arizona Youth Survey indicating the need to address drug use among young people in this community.)
- Maggie’s Place, a Phoenix-based non-profit organization that welcomes pregnant women and parents and their children to a safe and loving community, offering life-changing programs and ongoing services to help them become self-reliant. (The funds will help the organization address substance use disorders and address the social determinants of health for mothers and pregnant women. These efforts will, among other things, increase sobriety, safety and comfort. participation in activities that support mother-child bond, companionship and community. participation.)
- Live & Learn, a Phoenix-based non-profit organization serving the financial education and skills training needs of women. (The funds will help the organization to help women, who are referred from sober facilities, to keep a job, to learn how to access and navigate health care, to acquire a healthy social support system. and develop financial literacy.)
- Southwest Human Development, a Phoenix-based nonprofit that supports Arizona children and families in Maricopa, Coconino and Pima counties, especially making sure children ages 0-5 have what they need. they need a good start in life. (These findings will help the organization close the service gap for families returning home after the NICU with babies born exposed to a substance, with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), and in crisis. time of birth Funding will support the NICU – home transition planning, facilitation of referral to early intervention, bedside visits, mental health assessments and telehealth services, which translates to better mental health outcomes for the whole family.)
- Human Services Campus, Inc., a Phoenix-based nonprofit made up of 16 partner organizations with a common goal of ending homelessness. (The funds will help the organization implement a street outreach program that addresses substance use disorders and social determinants of health by working with homeless people.)