NEWARK, NJ - A $4 million federal grant will allow Rutgers’ University Behavioral Health Care’s (UBHC) outpatient program in Newark to offer more services to those with mental illness or substance abuse disorders.

The grant was received from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. It will fund the UBHC’s behavioral health outpatient program in Newark so it can take on a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics model.

Case management, supported employment, and assistance with housing and benefits will be integrated with behavioral and physical health care under the expansion. Access to community-based treatment services for mental and substance use disorders will also be improved.

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The UBHC, located at 183 South Orange Ave. in Newark, intends to help 4,000 people over the span of the two-year grant. 

“This CCBHC expansion will allow thousands of new individuals and families in the greater Newark region to receive the care they need to improve their overall health, recovery and quality of life," said UBHC president and CEO Frank Ghinassi in a statement. 

The program will serve adults with mental illness and substance use disorders and children with serious emotional disturbances. It also aims to address behaviors that lead to substance abuse.

Another goal of the expansion will be to increase access to primary and preventative care for outpatients to reduce the need for inpatient services.  

Meanwhile, the UBHC was one of the seven agencies in the state selected to participate in the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services CCBHC Planning Grant. Since last year, the UBHC’s three outpatient clinics in Edison, Monmouth Junction and New Brunswick have been functioning as certified community behavioral health clinics.

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