Isaacson announces more than $250K in grant funding awarded in her district to fight opioids, help people with mental illness

HARRISBURG, Dec. 11 – State Rep. Mary Isaacson announced today that more than $250,000 in state grant funding has been awarded to organizations or efforts in her district dedicated to fighting the opioid epidemic and promoting the flow of information across criminal justice and behavioral health systems to help people with mental illness.

“This grant money will go far in helping people in Philadelphia who are at risk of substance use disorder and those battling it, as well as people struggling with mental health who have found themselves in the criminal justice system,” Isaacson said. “This vital funding will be put to use in providing resources for our most vulnerable, which will in turn improve our neighborhoods and the quality of life in our communities.”

The grants awarded in Isaacson’s district include:

  • A $104,952 federal justice assistance grant awarded to Philadelphia County’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services for its cross-systems data and information sharing project. The project will support the Philadelphia Stepping Up Initiative by identifying and eliminating barriers in data sharing and promoting the flow of information across criminal justice and behavioral health systems with a goal of improving cross-systems data integration and information sharing to reduce the number of individuals in jail with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders.

  • A portion of a $150,000 grant which will be shared by four schools in Philadelphia, including Conwell Middle School, to implement Positive Action, which is an evidence-based social and emotional learning curriculum providing substance abuse prevention outcomes. The program will serve a minimum of 100 youths per year across the four schools. The program runs for eight to 10 weeks with at least 32 lessons during the school year, which are based on student needs and cover roleplay, discussion, resilience and refusal skills, assertiveness, decision-making skills, and media and peer influence.

  • A $150,000 state grant awarded to Prevention Point Philadelphia Inc. to support the Mobile Medication Assisted Treatment Program. The program will provide 30 trainings for community members, family members and providers on substance use prevention education; provide mobile MAT induction and initial stabilization for 64 participants with co-located Harm Reduction Case Management and Certified Recovery Support Specialists; provide Recovery Management support services to improve retention with 50 existing mobile MAT clients; and support individuals in developing, amassing and then re-investing their recovery capital in themselves, their incremental achievements and their sustained adherence and sobriety through a Recovery Capital Program for 50 existing mobile MAT clients.

PCCD provides planning, coordination and technical assistance to the state’s criminal justice system and serves as a clearinghouse for state and federal grants to support criminal and juvenile justice efforts, including victims of crime.