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Maintaining Behavioral Health Peer Services for King County’s LGBTQ Community and Allies

Posted in Projects / Tue, December 11, 2018

Grantee: Seattle Area Suppot Groups (SASG)

Timeframe:   July 2018 - June 2019   |   Amount:   $175,000

 

This project maintains access to behavioral health peer services for King County's LGBTQ community and positions SASG to be eligible for Medicaid reimbursement, thereby having a lasting impact on health outcomes for this population. LGBTQ populations suffer from behavioral health disparities at a disproportionately high rate, with issues such as higher levels of drug use, poor access to treatment services, adverse mental health symptoms, and limited access to peer support services. SASG’s peer support services provide people the support they need to remain on a recovery pathway or, if they should relapse, to help them find their footing again.

This project incorporates two complementary strategies: 1) Maintain peer support services at the current level; and 2) Build organizational capacity through implementation of a confidential data collection system that will enhance program development and quality improvement. The latter is also a necessary precursor to Medicaid reimbursement.

PHPDA funding will help bridge the gap between the ATR SAMHSA termination and Medicaid reimbursement, maintaining crucial services, infrastructure, capacity, and expertise. Specifically, this grant will allow SASG to maintain our Peer Services Program’s core elements (one-to-one peer coaching, peer support groups, and community resource referral) by funding our three Peer Services Specialist positions.


About Our Grantee

Seattle Area Suppot Groups (SASG)

SASG is a non-profit that cultivates healthy lives by providing peer emotional support and development services to the LGBTQ community & their allies.

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