Frontier Health uses grants to expand services in region |

Frontier Health, based in Johnson City, is a leading provider of behavioral health services in the Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia region.

The organization provides treatment services for mental health and addictions issues, recovery and vocational rehabilitation, as well as developmental and intellectual disabilities services.

Frontier Health works with healthcare providers, community agencies, advocacy groups, law enforcement, courts, and government and business leaders to develop coalitions that respond to emerging community needs. These include closing gaps in health care and tackling ever-changing social issues.

With a comprehensive network of trained professionals, Frontier Health strives to help the community’s most disadvantaged citizens become independent through safe, affordable housing and lead more productive lives.

This involves becoming active members of their communities and playing a positive role in the local economy.

Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic

Frontier Health is working to meet the needs of the region in several ways. One is through a certified community health clinic grant.

The grant improves community health care for people with serious mental illness, concurrent disorders, substance use disorders, and children and adolescents with severe emotional disorders through comprehensive mental health treatment and substance abuse by meeting the criteria for a certified community behavioral health clinic.

This model supports multiple pathways for individuals to recover from substance use disorders and mental health issues and adopts a recovery-oriented philosophy, expanding services and improving the ability of team members to Frontier Health to work in an integrated way.

Assertive Community Treatment Program

The Vibrant Community Treatment Program was added in 2021. It is a comprehensive combination of therapeutic and supportive services to help individuals reach their greatest potential with respect to their physical, psychological, spiritual and social health. . This service is designed for people who have difficulty using typical therapy services and have a history of a significant metal health diagnosis, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, and other psychotic disorders.

They may also be homeless and frequently admitted to psychiatry in hospitals or other institutions, which may result in limited support or social network.

Therefore, these individuals may not have been consistent with attendance at other support services.

Tennessee Resilience Fund Project

Frontier Health is a beneficiary of a Tennessee Resilience Fund project that has allowed it to expand its services to a number of area schools. With the grant, he was able to add Project BASIC elementary school positions in Washington County and Johnson County schools and a school-based therapist position in the Elizabethton school system.

The mental health care provider also used school grants to add six student aid counselors to Washington County schools, with most placed in elementary schools.

Frontier also added a new student aid counselor to Hawkins County Schools over the past year.

Drug treatment for drug addiction

Over the past year, Frontier Health has expanded its Medication Assisted Recovery program to improve access. This program uses medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies, to provide a “whole patient” approach to the treatment of substance use disorders.

The MAR program uses many clinic-based medication options to assist individuals in their addiction treatment and recovery process. Full recovery and the ability to live an independent life is the ultimate goal of MAR.

The MAR treatment approach has been shown to help people:

• Gain or keep a job;

• Increase retention in treatment;

• Improve survival;

• Decrease criminal activity and the illicit consumption of opiates;

• And improve pregnancy outcomes for pregnant women with substance use disorders.