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MCFI receives 4M SAMHSA grant

By Candace Romano, Associate Director of Marketing

MILWAUKEE (April 29, 2020) -- MCFI’s Whole Health Clinical Group received a $4 million grant to expand services to meet the growing needs of Milwaukee’s most vulnerable residents.

The grant, awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA, will help address the unmet critical needs of people with behavioral health issues in the Milwaukee area. According to the most recent National Household Survey on Drug Use and Health report, Milwaukee ranked 16th highest among the 50 largest states with a severe mental illness; that same report showed that Milwaukee had the third-highest prevalence rate of substance abuse.

“The need is sadly ever-present,” said John Chianelli, vice president of MCFI’s Whole Health Clinical Group, “and we anticipate that, with the stress, anxiety and grief associated with COVID-19, more people will be in need of behavioral health care.”

The grant will help WHCG serve transition-aged youth and adults with behavioral health needs; over the two-year term of the grant, 600 additional people who have severe mental illness, a substance abuse or a severe emotional disorder will receive care.

“We are honored to receive this grant, which will help us further our mission of providing total care to those we serve,” said Teri Zywicki, CEO and president of MCFI. “The grant demonstrates SAMHSA’s trust in our expertise and innovative model of providing integrated care.”

Only 139 awards were granted nationwide; WHCG was among those chosen in part because of MCFI’s comprehensive array of complementary services, including personal care, employment, benefits coordination, crisis care and housing services.

Whole Health Clinical Group is one of the largest providers of behavioral health services in southeastern Wisconsin, providing evidence-based peer support services with a trauma-informed approach. Its Crisis Resource Centers is a proud 2019 recipient of the BizTimes Health Care Hero award, which salutes the accomplishments of people and organizations making a positive difference on the front lines of health care in southeastern Wisconsin.