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Bowen Center receives multi-million dollar grant for mental health services


Bowen Center has received a $3.9 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to expand their mental health and addiction recovery services.

The grant will be used to help Bowen Center increase telehealth capabilities, recruit mental health professionals and increase training for staff on behavior health disparities, including cultural and linguistic competence.

Dr. Rob Ryan is the senior vice president of operations at Bowen Center. He said Northern Indiana has several marginalized populations, such as the Amish, the Burmese and now Afghan refugees coming into Fort Wayne.

“The grant will do things like making sure all of our clinicians and staff understand the needs, beliefs and traditions of these groups,” Ryan said.

Ryan also said there’s a possibility for recruiting from within these groups, such as the Amish population, to have people who already understand their specific needs and can better facilitate Bowen’s services to the people who need them.

The grant will also help Bowen Center increase outreach, which could include the addition of a mobile clinic to help bring more services directly to the people who need them.

Bowen Center serves 32 counties throughout Indiana through in-person, phone or video conference emotional health care and addiction recovery.

Full disclosure: Bowen Center is a financial supporter of WBOI.

Ella Abbott is a multimedia reporter for 89.1 WBOI. She is a strong believer in the ways audio storytelling can engage an audience and create a sensory experience.
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