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Monarch partners with Cone Health Foundation to help tackle mental illness and substance use disorders in Greensboro

Three-year grant totaling $194,500 will help to identify treatment for people with co-occurring disorders

In Guilford County, approximately 33,000 individuals live with co-occurring disorders, which can include mental illness and substance use disorders, according to local estimates. Further research indicates that as many as 50 percent of people with a severe mental illness also live with a co-occurring substance use disorder and mental illness – and addictive behaviors can often be intertwined. In an effort to identify a solution and to help people recover and live well, Monarch has received a three-year $194,500 grant from Cone Health Foundation in Greensboro to enhance treatment for individuals with co-occurring disorders.

The grant is part of the Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment Initiative developed by Cone Health Foundation to bring together leading community providers who will assess evidence-based practice models for treating co-occurring disorders and implement those models in greater Greensboro. Members of the initiative, including Monarch, will work collaboratively with the Foundation to increase community-wide capacity to treat co-occurring disorders.

For individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, simultaneous treatment provides continuity in care and supports sobriety, symptom management and increasing independence as recovery progresses and quality of life is enhanced.

“This grant and our partnership with Cone Health Foundation will enable us to provide high-quality treatment for those we support with co-occurring disorders,” said Blake Martin, Monarch’s chief development officer. “We are grateful for the opportunity to implement new models of care that will help us to treat the whole person.”

The Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment Initiative began on Oct. 1. Cone Health Foundation has at its mission to invest in the development and support of activities, programs and organizations that measurably improve the health of people in the Greater Greensboro area.

Established in 1958, Monarch is a not-for-profit organization that provides support statewide to thousands of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse challenges. The agency is nationally accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) and certified by The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services as a Critical Access Behavioral Health Agency (CABHA). Monarch operates The Arc of Stanly County, which is a chapter of The Arc of North Carolina and The Arc of the United States. To learn more about how Monarch provides support, please call (866) 272-7826.

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