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Providence Newberg Health Foundation will use funds to expand popular behavioral services program

A grant from a local philanthropic organization will allow for the expansion of a behavioral health services program in Newberg.

Providence Newberg Health Foundation announced last week it had received a $165,000 grant from the Austin Family Foundation to increase funding for the Better Outcomes Thru Bridges (BOB) program.

"This gift will make a big difference in the lives of many in our community," said Joe Yoder, executive director of Providence Newberg Medical Center, in a news release. "We are grateful to the Austin family (owners of dental equipment giant A-dec Inc.) for their generosity to Providence, and we're looking forward to working with our community partners so we can serve more people on this important issue."

The BOB program concentrates on the community's most vulnerable patients — teens and families — and provides outreach and behavioral health treatment in addition to temporary housing, as well as student risk oversight and outreach specialists.

The program "walks alongside clients to help ease their way literally and figuratively by meeting clients where they are to address a variety of behavioral health concerns" in a number of ways.

Caring Contacts peer support outreach uses "lived experience" to work with patients recently discharged from a hospital emergency department after suffering a behavioral health crisis.

"Caring Contacts connects our most vulnerable patients to community resources and behavioral health programs, while providing needed support services along the way," the PNMC release said.

The BOB program also includes emergency department outreach specialists who work with hospital staff and community partners to identify behavioral health patients who have frequently visited emergency rooms and helps them get additional help and services after they are discharged.

"BOB emergency department outreach specialists spend most of their time in the community alongside clients, assisting them in connecting to the resources that address their unmet needs," the release said.

In addition, the BOB program incorporates an outreach between Providence Medical Group and the Newberg Clinic. Those specialists work with behavioral health patients as well as patients who have been identified by the clinic's staff as having "high social detriments of health needs, as well as difficulty accessing services," the release said.

BOB's School Outreach Program works with vulnerable students and their families living within the Newberg School District. Specialists there work with the district's six schools and provide social and behavioral health support and community resources.

Finally, a grassroots alliance of local agencies in four counties has joined to hold monthly community outreach meetings and created a List-Serv of nearly 1,000 community partners and the resources they provide.

"The group meets virtually to explore topics such as best practices and community resources," the release said.


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