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    Mental health partnership gets wellness grant

    A community-based partnership led by Manet Community Health has been named one of nine groups to win a state grant. The $60 million in funding, to be given over four years, will help groups develop community-specific programs addressing chronic illnesses such as hypertension, smoking, falls by the elderly, and pediatric asthma. According to Manet CEO Henry Tuttle, the collaboration was a natural extension of work already ongoing at the health center. “It supports the direction we’re moving in with prevention and wellness, and moving away from sickness care, particularly as we’re trying to look at a continuum of care and total medical expenditure of care,” Tuttle said in a phone interview. The work also fits seamlessly with another electronic referral system that seeks to refer clients to Manet partners for wellness issues. Other groups in the partnership include Bay State Community Services Inc.; City of Quincy Health Department, Quincy Medical Center, South Shore Elder Services Inc.; South Shore Hospital; South Shore Workforce Investment Board; South Shore YMCA; and the Town of Weymouth. “We effectively persuaded people to share our vision, and they unanimously asked Manet to take charge and be the agent for this,” Tuttle said. The local group has received $250,000 for the first phase of the work, and is hoping to receive a total of $2.1 million over time to implement the programs.