As you already may have seen this week, our parent company, Vendome Healthcare Media, has announced the establishment of the Institute for the Advancement of Behavioral Healthcare to foster innovation and drive best practices among executive owners and operators of treatment centers as well as their clinical counterparts. At the same time, the Institute is taking an additional step in its mission by launching the Institute for the Advancement of Behavioral Healthcare Fund.
Through a new micro-grant program, the fund will be used to contribute financial support to not-for-profit organizations that share the Institute’s best-practice goals and have designed projects or programs that create effective pathways to treatment and recovery for the communities they serve. The fund is intended to support ongoing programming as well as new projects designed to enhance and improve the delivery of care.
The micro-grants will range in amount and will be awarded through a simple proposal process outlined on our new website. In addition to ongoing programming, eligible projects might encompass strategies such as expanding the behavioral health workforce, creating quality measures, improving treatment for the underserved, coordinating care across specialties, advancing ethics or supporting the care of vulnerable populations, just to name a few.
We see this fund as a special opportunity to support worthy efforts to improve services. It has always been Addiction Professional's mission to spread the word about clinical and programmatic innovation, in the hope that pioneering efforts in the field eventually become widely replicated practices. We have highlighted and honored many such efforts through the years, such as in our annual award programs. To be able to supplement that now with actual grant support through the new Institute becomes especially meaningful.
The Institute for the Advancement of Behavioral Healthcare aims to serve as a platform for original ideas and will be led by Douglas J. Edwards, vice president and managing director of Vendome’s Behavioral Healthcare Group and director of the Institute. Our team will be looking for not-for-profit organizations that aim to improve care in a strategic, meaningful way within the rapidly changing healthcare landscape. Broader implementation of grant-earning projects and initiatives might have the potential to influence change industrywide.
If your organization wishes to apply for a grant, please visit the website to submit your brief proposal and supporting documentation. Applicants will receive an initial response within 60 days of submission. Applicants who are selected for funding will be contacted individually. Some programs might be featured by the Institute in future educational resources.
Encourage those on your team and others with worthy projects to explore the fund’s opportunities—and spread the mission of helping communities create effective pathways to treatment and recovery.