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Delta Health Alliance Receives $900,000 Grant to Provide Mental Health Services in the Delta

Posted on: July 18, 2017

Delta Health Alliance has received a three-year, $900,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources & Services Administration, to significantly expand the mental health and behavioral health services it provides to patients in Sunflower and Washington Counties.

According to Dr. Karen Matthews, Delta Health Alliance CEO, “Untreated mental health problems complicate a patient’s ability to participate effectively in treatment plans, especially for those with chronic conditions. For example, rates of depression across the lifespan of individuals with diabetes are twice the rate found in the general population.  This grant will help rectify that problem in the Delta.”

The services will be provided through the Leland Medical Clinic, and the grant will cover additional counselors at the clinic.  In addition, the grant will build high-speed video connections between the Leland Medical Clinic, Parkwood Behavioral Health Center and Desoto Family Counseling Center so that patients in the Delta will have access to a variety of other specialists through video conferencing sessions.

According to Anthony Wood, who will be overseeing the new services, “Our goal is to improve chronic illness outcomes by engaging patients with specific mental health and behavioral health services.  As but one example, depressed individuals are less able to comply with dietary and weight loss recommendations and more likely to be physically inactive, contributing to obesity, a strong risk factor for diabetes.”

Wood continued, “As a result of this grant, Delta Health Alliance and Leland Medical Clinic will be able to significantly expand the number of people in Washington and Sunflower eligible to receive a wide range of mental health services.  This is a first for the Delta.”

For more information, call the Leland Medical Clinic at 662.686.3848, or visit their website atwww.lelandmedicalclinic.org.   For more information about Delta Health Alliance, please visit our website atwww.deltahealthalliance.org or follow DHA on Facebook.