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Monarch Awarded $1.6MM Federal Grant to Expand Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services in Stanly County

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently announced that it will award Monarch a $1.6 million grant to provide Stanly County vital, expanded services for people with serious mental illness and substance use disorders through the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) model.

This grant will assist Monarch in establishing a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) to focus on mental health and substance use disorder needs in Stanly County, ensuring integration of care with primary care physicians through use of care coordination. The newly implemented CCBHC services are expected to begin in October.

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CHOICES at the Ridge Participants Prove Important Volunteer Source

Lynn Canty and DSPThe CHOICES at the Ridge day program participants know the importance of volunteering and giving back to their community – and take it to heart.

The 21 participants at the day program in Forsyth County contribute upwards of 450 volunteer hours each month to local organizations, according to CHOICES Community Engagement Team Leader Beth Myers. The day program coordinates their volunteer schedules and any one-on-one assistance needed.

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Coping with the Aftermath: Ways to Deal with Mental Health Issues Following a Natural Disaster and How to Extend a Helping Hand

Hurricane Florence caused a wide swath of destruction across several parts of the East Coast with North Carolina bearing the brunt of the devastation.

Many individuals, families and organizations have extended helping hands to those in need. Those affected are coping with the loss of their home from flooding or damages because of the hurricane force winds.

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Artistic Creativity is Flourishing at Monarch’s Bladen Opportunities Unlimited Day Program

Bladen CollageMontrel Ward and William Mattoon’s creativity is taking shape as their imaginative wood work designs​ also develop into their individual, unique styles.

Bladen Opportunities Unlimited day program participants Ward, 28, and Mattoon, 44, are exercising their freedom of expression through colorful signs emblazoned with sports themes and inspirational sayings. Bladen’s day program, located in Elizabethtown, serves those with intellectual and developmental disabilities through a variety of programs including one focused on art.

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Direct Support Professionals Are the Heart of Monarch Services

DSP collageCelebrating DSP Recognition Week Sept. 9-15

Tony McKinney, a Mainstream Home resident in Asheboro, lights up a room with his ear-to-ear smile and infectious personality.

Larry Butler, McKinney’s direct support professional (DSP), feels the people Monarch supports are the primary reason he enjoys his role as caregiver. “By far my favorite part of being aDSP for Monarch is the guys I get to work with.”

Monarch joins a nationwide celebration honoring the men and women who selflessly provide compassionate care for the people we support during Direct Support Professionals Week, Sept. 9 – 15. The week is celebrated annually and promoted by the American Network of Community Options and Resources and the U.S. Senate.

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