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Senator Toomey Announces Federal Grant for Beaver County’s Dear Mind Campaign

September 13, 2018

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a $400,000 FY18 Community Programs for Outreach and Intervention with Youth and Young Adults at Clinical High Risk for Psychosis grant to Beaver County to implement their Dear Mind Campaign. Senator Toomey wrote a letter supporting the organization's grant application in June 2018.

"I'm pleased to announce this federal grant for Beaver County," said Senator Toomey. "Beaver County ranked in the top 1% nationally for opioid overdose deaths in 2016. Furthermore, 26% of the population is under the age of 25, and 3,880 of those residents used behavioral health Medicaid services in 2017. This grant will help ensure Beaver County has the resources necessary to identify and intervene in cases of youth and young adults at high risk of psychosis."

The awarded funds will be used to implement the Dear Mind Campaign, which builds on a decade of system-of-care work that has come to define the Beaver County system. The campaign will identify youth and young adults not more than 25 years old, who could be considered at clinical high risk for psychosis. A coordinated Specialty Care framework will be employed to ensure that all individual family needs are identified, and that the evidence-based responses offered are the lease intensive possible, while still providing the necessary treatment and support.

This grant was also supported by Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Representative Keith Rothfus (PA-12).