TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)—"Governor Holcomb had a big press release today announcing the million dollar contract with mental health America of Indiana," said Amy Brinkley with Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction.
It's a contract that'll expand resources by supplying funding to 16 organizations statewide. Brinkley said it'll be easier for people to find the resources they need.
"Essentially it's going to pay for 40 plus peer support staff and additional staff to provide regional recovery support across the State of Indiana," said Brinkley.
They'll be certified peer recovery coaches connecting Hoosiers with mental health and substance use disorders to treatment and recovery support.
"They can call 211," said Brinkley. "So we just partnered with 211 so if someone needs direct access to a peer or treatment or referral system or really free counseling services they can just call 211."
Local organizations include Phoenix Paramedic Solutions in Lafayette, where peer recovery coaches are excited to expand resources.
"As we continue to collaborate and engage communities something fantastic happens and that's stigma reduction," said President & CEO of Phoenix Paramedics Solutions Nathaniel Metz.
Metz said the expansion of resources will make getting help more accessible during this time.
"We are starting to normalize the idea that, you know what sometimes individuals have problems, all of us do and that's it's ok to search out help for those things," said Metz.
Peer recovery coaches will also actively pursue community collaboration with jails and prosecutor offices. The goal is to educate the area and surrounding areas that this resource is available.
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