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Maimonides Medical Center awarded $17M in grants to expand behavioral health services

July 11, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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BOROUGH PARK — MAIMONIDES MEDICAL CENTER WILL ESTABLISH a new Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) and inpatient adolescent unit to address behavioral health crises. Maimonides received three grants totaling over $17 million from the New York State Office of Mental Health, Healthfirst and Fidelis Care to expand critical behavioral health services. The OMH awarded Maimonides $6 million to establish a CPEP as part of $39.1 million in state funding for nine hospitals to develop these programs. CPEPs provide a 24/7 primary entry point for individuals who need specialized support with behavioral health crises and will offer triage, observation, care, treatment and referral in a safe and comfortable environment, distinct from the general emergency room. OMH also awarded Maimonides $5 million to establish a 20-bed adolescent inpatient psychiatric unit, addressing the pressing need for increased inpatient capacity since the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthfirst and Fidelis Care awarded Maimonides $6.7 million as part of its Behavioral Health Center of Excellence Award, $1.8 million of which will expand outpatient services, including addiction services and on-site primary care. The remaining $4.9 million will be combined with OMH’s funding to create a new adolescent inpatient unit.

The funding is part of Gov. Hochul’s $1 billion initiative to address the ongoing mental health crisis since Maimonides is the only hospital in South Brooklyn with a Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program, one of 31 hospitals statewide.

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