Behavioral Health Grant Program 2021

Grant Program Overview

In 2021, the Williams County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is pleased to make available a total of $2.118 million dollars in one-time grants for the purposes of adding, enhancing, and increasing behavioral health services in Williams County. The grant program is funded by the County's net proceeds from the 1% Public Safety Sales Tax and the County Reserve.

Williams County received 19 applications totaling $7,274,674.58 in funding requests.

Grant Awards

The selection of grant awards was made by the Williams County Commission during the April 6, 2021 regular meeting based on recommendations from the Behavioral Health Grant Application Committee. Three organizations will receive a total of $1 million in grant funding from the County's proceeds of the 1% Public Safety Sales tax, additional funding for the three organizations and for an additional four organizations will receive a total of $1.118 million in funding from the County Reserve fund. The breakdown of these awards is provided below.

Award Totals

Awardee 1% Public Safety Sales Tax Total County Reserve Total Award Grand Total
Chatter Pediatric Therapy $438,000 $111,000 $549,000
Eckert Youth Homes $447,000 $100,000 $547,000
Montgomery Counseling Service $115,000 $50,000 $165,000
Katie Shannon/ConnectUs Therapy $500,000 $500,000
Volk Human Services $154,562 $154,562
Prizm $112,983 $112,983
Williams County Sheriff’s Office $89,455 $89,455
Total $1,000,000 $1,118,000 $2,118,000

 

Award Details

Chatter Pediatric Therapy

221 University Ave #203 Williston
701-580-8788

Total Grant Award: $549,000

Expense Amount Requested Amount Funded Funding Source
Personnel (hiring incentives for mental health professionals over a 5 year period - Psychologists, Mental Health Therapists, Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, and Students/Supervisors) $500,000 $389,000 1% PSST
$111,000 County Reserve Fund
Expenses for providing services outside of Williston Committee Recommendation $49,000 1% PSST

 

Impacts (as of October 2022)

  • Child Psychologist hired and seeing patients
  • Mental Health Student onboarded and seeing patients
  • Providing services for Ray Public Schools

Eckert Youth Homes

Outpatient center
1135 2nd Ave W Ste 202 & 203 Williston
701-609-5305
Residential center
1102 7th Ave E Williston
701-572-7262

Total Grant Award: $547,000

Expense Amount Requested Amount Funded Funding Source
Personnel (Licensed Addiction Counselor and Case Manager for a 2 year period) $254,000 $254,000 1% PSST
Space (Rent for a 2 year period for an outpatient facility) $144,000 $144,000 1% PSST
Expenses for providing services outside of Williston Committee Recom. $49,000 1% PSST
Personnel (Recep/Medical Biller for a 2 year period) $100,000 $100,000 County Reserve Fund

 

Impacts (as of August 2022)

  • Opened new adolescent outpatient facility in Williston (full-time) and Ray (Thursdays)
  • Licensed Addiction Counselor hired and taking appointments
  • Case Manager and Medical/Biller Receptionist hired and in office
  • Providing community education and services in Tioga schools

Katie Shannon LICSW-LLC (now ConnectUs Therapy)

1500 14th St. W Ste 230 (20/20 Building) Williston
701-572-3335

Total Grant Award: $500,000

Expense Amount Requested Amount Funded Funding Source
Space (Purchase building) $250,000 $250,000 County Reserve Fund
Personnel (Hiring incentives for a 3 year period for a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, gap funding) $70,000 $70,000 County Reserve Fund
Programming & Advocacy $180,000 $180,000 County Reserve Fund

 

Impacts (as of August 2022)

  • New office opened with 6+ therapists and 2 nurse practitioners
  • Two mental health nurse practitioners hired and taking appointments; one is taking appointments one day a week at Tioga Medical Center
  • Completed Conscious Discipline Training with paraprofessionals and teachers
  • Held Not Today Suicide Prevention Awareness Campaign
  • Actively providing services to First Responders
  • Actively providing group programming services for Williston Public Schools and the community

Montgomery Counseling Service

1510 2nd Ave W, Ste 102 Williston
701-572-3800

Total Grant Award: $165,000

Expense Amount Requested Amount Funded Funding Source
Personnel (Counselor) $50,000 $50,000 1% PSST
Equipment (Upgrade telehealth) $50,000 $50,000 1% PSST
Training (will not be fully expended) $15,000 $15,000 1% PSST
Space (Rent and partition) $15,000 $15,000 County Reserve Fund
Transportation Vouchers (will not be expended) $15,000 $15,000 County Reserve Fund
Hardship Assistance $75,000 $20,000 County Reserve Fund
Marketing $15,000 $0 Not funded

 

Impacts (As of August 2022)

  • Upgraded and expanded telehealth equipment
  • Provided hardship assistance for three clients
  • Expanded office space
  • Hired Licensed Addiction Counselor for evening and weekend appointments/groups
  • Two LACs attended Duluth Model Training

Prizm Company

310 Airport Road Williston
801-560-6557

Total Grant Award: $112,983

Expense Amount Requested Amount Funded Funding Source
Space (Modular building and walls) $75,000 $75,000 County Reserve Fund
Equipment (therapy equipment for meeting the needs of youth with behavioral health conditions) $12,983 $12,983 County Reserve Fund
Personnel (two one-to-one support individuals) $25,000 $25,000 County Reserve Fund

 

Impacts (as of August 2022)

  • Began wall project in new location

Volk Human Services

125 Main St. Ste 200 (Renaissance on Main building) Williston
701-662-1911

Total Grant Award: $154,562 (rounded)

Expense Amount Requested Amount Funded Funding Source
Space (Rent for one year) (not fully expended, cost savings) $23,940 $23,940 County Reserve Fund
Equipment (Upgrade telehealth) $3,806.58 $3,806.58 County Reserve Fund
Equipment (Elec. Assessment Services) $7,300 $7,300 County Reserve Fund
Personnel (Psychologist & PSP/Guardian/Admin) $118,920 $118,920 County Reserve Fund
Training $595 $595 County Reserve Fund
Marketing $21,000 $0 Not funded

 

Impacts (as of August 2022)

  • Opened new office space
  • Hired PSP/Guardian/Admin
  • Hired additional Psychologist
  • Upgraded telehealth capabilities

Williams County Sheriff’s Office (transfer to their budget for use towards behavioral health programming in the Correctional Center): $89,455

Application Process

Applications were due by 5 pm on March 16, 2021. Once applications were submitted they were provided to the Williams County Commissioners and the Behavioral Health Grant Application Review Committee. Per the Grant Program rules, to be eligible for an award, applicants:

  • Must be a behavioral health service provider, an organization that provides services conducted by one or more behavioral health service providers, or a provider or organization that plans to offer behavioral health services
  • Must be registered or licensed to conduct business in the state of North Dakota
  • Must serve, or plan to serve, clients in Williams County
  • Must be able to enter into agreement with Williams County, subject to terms and conditions acceptable to Williams County, to receive and expend the funds

One application was permitted per behavioral health service provider or organization. The application could contain several types of expenses and the total amount requested in any application could not exceed $500,000.

The Committee discussed and assessed the applicants based on the following application elements:

  • Ages served
  • Types of insurance accepted/populations served
  • How long they had been in business
  • Types of services offered and how those services were going to be added to, increased, or enhanced
  • Use of additional funding sources or costshare/backing of the organization
  • The proportion of cost to longevity of awards benefits

Accountability and Demonstrated Impact

Within 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months of receipt of funds, the awardee must provide a statement to the County Commission explaining the impact the funds have had on the awardee’s ability to add, increase, or enhance behavioral health services in Williams County. The impact statements will also be made available on this webpage.

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