The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently awarded Preferred Behavioral Health Group (PBHG) in Lakewood, N.J., a $4 million grant.
Funding will be used to establish a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) that will serve Ocean and Monmouth counties.
“Preferred Behavioral Health Group is thrilled to be selected to receive the federal funding needed to create a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic,” PBHG CEO Mary Pat Angelini said. “Our CCBHC will provide a comprehensive range of mental health and substance use disorder services to vulnerable individuals living in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Among our expansion of services, our professional staff will provide crisis mental health services; patient-centered treatment planning; outpatient mental health and substance use services; primary care screening and monitoring; targeted case management; peer support, counseling, family support services, and services for veterans.”
PBHG was established in 1978 and has 15 locations throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties that annually serve more than 30,000 people.
Funding comes at a critical time as a recent National Institute on Drug Abuse study discovered that those who suffer from substance use are 1.5 times more likely to have a COVID-19 diagnosis. Those who opioid use disorder are 2.4 times more likely.