Project Term: 12 months; 2017-2018
Grant Amount: $28,328
This project will use an innovative strategy to address the upstream risk factors contributing to poor emotional health and the consequent occurrence of mental health crises. Using an Emergency Preparedness Tabletop Exercise Model, the Richland County Mental Health Local Advisory Council will bring together multiple agency stakeholders to identify resources and gaps in support services. A map identifying “opportunities of interception” will be created and processes will be developed to intervene and improve individual emotional wellness. Also, areas or services that could be supported by partners to reduce the overall cost of mental health crisis will be identified. This project will initiate the creation of a toolbox that will allow the project to be replicated easily in other communities.