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Access Carroll seeking grant funding for behavioral health expansion

Carroll's health-care provider for uninsured and low-income residents has applied for a state grant to help fund a renovation at its Westminster building in order to improve its behavioral health services.

The $377,000 grant through the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene would cover a portion of the costs for Access Carroll to renovate approximately 4,200-square feet of its facility.

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The renovated space would be used to expand the delivery of behavioral health services, including individual and group counseling, drug screening and monitoring, and therapeutic recovery services.

"We have a large number of clients who are facing multiple chronic diseases and multiple chronic conditions, including behavioral health and substance abuse," said Tammy Black, executive director of the nonprofit. "If we can get a handle on that and have a facility [that focuses on the whole body], we're going to have people that, truly, are in a place of long-term recovery."

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Access Carroll also plans to relocate key administrative service staff from the Bureau of Prevention, Wellness and Recovery to the renovated space. That way, she said, the nonprofit can provide a collaboration of care, she said.

"The care team will be working together," Black said. "The dentist works with the team, the medical doctor works with the team, the psychiatrist works with the team, the social workers work with the team. We'll all be under the same roof and using the same electronic health records."

Black must get a "Right of Recovery" document signed by the Carroll County Board of Commissioners to be eligible for the state grant. The document, she said, ensures that the grant money will be used for the intended purposes of renovating space for behavioral services. Black is scheduled to go before the commissioners Thursday.

The state grant would cover 60 percent of the capital project. The rest, approximately $220,000, has to be raised by the nonprofit organization. Black said the organization has already raised about $170,000 through donations and fundraisers.

She's confident that the organization will raise the remaining $50,000 before construction would begin in July 2015.

Reach staff writer Christian Alexandersen at 410-857-7873 or christian.alexandersen@carrollcountytimes.com.


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