Behavioral Health Network led the creation of the Dunnica Sobering Support Center (Center) using an enhanced service delivery model to build a sustainable framework for easy, immediate access to substance use crisis services for city residents. Staffed by Preferred Family Healthcare, the Center is a facility where actively intoxicated people ages 18 and older can voluntarily safely recover from acute intoxication while receiving basic medical monitoring. The Center will divert individuals to safer environments from the criminal justice system and local Emergency Departments (ED); provide referral and linkage to substance use treatment and other social supports; improve public safety by reducing the amount of time that police officers spend out of service due to ED drop off or jail booking time; and allow emergency department beds to be available for high level trauma versus being utilized for medical monitoring of intoxicated individuals. The enhanced model supports a more acute level of intoxication, including more extensive opioid use, currently at a crisis level in St. Louis.
Established in 1994, the Community Mental Health Fund works to improve the quality of life for City residents with mental health and/or substance use disorders, primarily serving adults ages 18 and older. The fund supports a range of services that address behavioral health wellness leading to prevention or recovery in the dimensions of health, home, purpose, and community.
In FY21, 54% of adults participating in MHB-funded programs improved their behavioral health wellness as demonstrated by these changes:
During FY21, the first full year of the COIVD-19 pandemic, the number of adults participating in MHB-funded services decreased only 9.5% or 497 fewer adults. Of the 4,739 adults served in FY21, 2,559 (54%) improved their behavioral health wellness and recovery as detailed below…
4,079 individuals or 86% of those served participated in early intervention-focused programming in FY21, reflecting a 16% decrease or 794 fewer adults than in FY20.