|By Lawrence Budd, Dayton Daily News, Ohio|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The Ohio Departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Developmental Disabilities awarded the grant to agencies in
The grant is expected to help the agencies ensure early identification, crisis response and treatment services and family support for high-risk children and youths 18 to 24 years old. Previously, programs had focused on dual diagnoses for adults.
"Our agencies need to do a better job of recognizing and diagnosing those individuals that have a dual diagnosis. I believe this grant will help us to do that," said
Last year, agencies in
The new grant, one of seven for 2015 totaling
The local grant will help coordinate efforts by the Mental Health Recovery Services of
The additional funding is expected to reduce problems in schools and psychiatric admissions at area hospitals.
"It helps to reduce the number of residential placements," Lawyer said.
The grant application came from Lawyer's agency, along with boards of developmental disabilities, the juvenile courts, Family and Children First councils, and
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