About Flint ReCAST

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded the City of Flint a five-year grant, which will bring $5 million into Flint’s community over the course of the project period. The Flint ReCAST program aims to assist high-risk youth and families by supporting the recovery and rebuilding of Flint’s vibrant community through resilience and equity. 

The Flint ReCAST team is prioritizing transparency in order to give the community the role they deserve in helping to decide where these funds go and provide real-time interaction with the project. To find out more, visit our Get Involved page. In addition, community members are invited to join us for quarterly open meetings, participate in upcoming participatory budgeting efforts, and regularly review the project’s progress. 

Project Goals & Objectives

Behavioral Health

Increase the capacity trauma-informed practices and strengthen the integration of behavioral health services to improve equitable access

  • Objective 1.1: By the end of Year 1, increase capacity of the GHS Mobile Health Unit and Virtual Behavioral Health Center by 20%
  • Objective 1.2: Annually train 150 (750 total by the end of the grant period) education providers, faith-based staff, clergy, community providers, public health providers, and city employees in trauma-informed approaches
  • Objective 1.3: During Years 2 and 3, organize individual and group counseling/mental health promotion, as well as mental health literacy training for families, returning citizens, and active military personnel to reach 100 community members
  • Objective 1.4: Expand the partnership with local police departments to provide annual training on trauma-informed policy and practices
  • Objective 1.5: By the end of Year 5, increase self-care activities to reduce compassion fatigue by 25% in local first responders

Race & Equity

Establish a co-learning and empowering process to address racial and social inequality in our community inclusive of participatory approaches.

  • Objective 2.1: By the end of Year 1, develop and implement an equitable participatory budgeting process by ensuring 25% of funded ReCAST activities are identified by the community
  • Objective 2.2: Annually train 150 (750 total by the end of the grant period) education providers, mental health professionals, faith-based staff, clergy, community providers, public health providers, and city employees in implicit bias and cultural competency

Youth Support & Development

Increase capacity and implementation of evidence- and community-based youth engagement programs through community partnerships to promote positive youth development.

  • Objective 3.1: Annually support the Community Mini Grant Program, which provides cross-agency collaborations that build capacity among youth-serving programs
  • Objective 3.2: Annually engage 100 youth in career development services to support them in reaching their career potential
  • Objective 3.3: By the end of Year 2, increase youth training by 25% in mental health promotion and/or mental health first aid to build capacity for peer support services

Public Safety & Violence Prevention

Public Safety & Violence Prevention: Improve law enforcement practices and policies by aligning and expanding initiatives aimed at building relationships in the community.

  • Objective 4.1: Provide quarterly opportunities for youth-led activities that promote positive, consistent engagement with law enforcement officers to improve relationships
  • Objective 4.2: Annually sustain and grow city-wide sports programming that includes both mental and physical health components to prevent crime and youth violence

Connect With Us

Be sure to connect with us so that you can stay up to date on all things Flint ReCAST. Provide your email address if you would like any materials mailed directly to you or you want to be added to our newsletter distribution list. You can also email us directly at recast@flint.org.

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