Making Brighter Days Possible

Making Brighter Days Possible:
Increasing Access to Behavioral Health Services

The Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) awarded four grants under its Making Brighter Days Possible: Increasing Access to Behavioral Health Services (MBDP) initiative. MBDP is a special 18-month initiative focused on increasing access to behavioral health services for uninsured and medically underserved Virginians. This initiative was made possible by a generous grant from Sentara.

While the need for behavioral health services exists throughout Virginia, it is most acute in Virginia‘s mental health professional shortage areas. By definition, these areas have too few behavioral health professionals to serve the number of people who live there.

Each of the funded organizations will use grant funds to hire behavioral health professionals to provide mental health services in person or via telemedicine. The grantees have also defined goals for elevating the degree of behavioral health integration at the participating sites. 

The following organizations were selected to participate in this exciting 18-month initiative, which launched on August 1, 2019.

  • Central Virginia Health Services
  • Hampton Roads Community Health Center
  • Johnson Health Center
  • Tri-Area Community Health

If you have any questions about the MBDP initiative, please contact:

Cat Hulburt
Chief Program & Engagement Officer
Phone: (804) 525-1483
Andrea Lancaster
Senior Program Officer
Phone: (804) 828-7481

If you are interested in expanding behavioral health services or in the integration of behavioral health and primary care at your organization, please let us know! Your plans may be a fit for another type of VHCF grant.

Last Updated on July 6, 2020