Preferred Family Healthcare received a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to expand Assertive Community Treatment for Transitional Aged Youth (ACT-tay) within six Northeast Missouri counties.

Preferred Family Healthcare received a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to expand Assertive Community Treatment for Transitional Aged Youth (ACT-tay) within six Northeast Missouri counties. The ACT-tay program will provide direct wraparound services to youth from 16 to 25 years of age with a serious mental illness and co-occurring disorder.

The Missouri counties of Lewis, Pike, Marion, Monroe, Shelby and Ralls are considered rural counties with healthcare professional shortages. The ACT-tay program will provide a multidisciplinary team approach to provide assessments, crisis intervention, individual therapy, peer and family support, substance use treatment, employment supports, medication management, linkage to community resources and supports and independent living skills. Clients receiving services through the ACT-tay program will benefit from ongoing, flexible services that are individualized and recovery-based. The program began on September 30; services will begin no later than January 2019.

SAMHSA is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. The SAMHSA five-year grant, totaling $3,362,063, will fully fund all of the wraparound services provided by the ACT-tay program. Over the five-year grant period, it is expected that 179 youth with serious mental illnesses and co-occurring disorders will receive services to improve overall health and wellness, to increase community connection and peer support and improve education, employment and housing status.

Preferred Family Healthcare is a community-based non-profit healthcare organization offering a variety of services in areas including child welfare, mental and behavioral health, substance abuse treatment, support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and employment support. Preferred Family Healthcare’s corporate headquarters are located in Kirksville. Preferred Family Healthcare has over 99 locations in four states.

For more information about the ACT-tay program, please contact Jessica Baker at 573-629-2001. General information relating to Preferred Family Healthcare and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration can be accessed at the www.pfh.org and www.samhsa.gov websites.