Health Forward awards $4.25 million in mental health grants

Contact: Jennifer Sykes
Phone: (816) 241-7006

Kansas City, MO — The Health Forward Foundation (Health Forward) is proud to award $4.25 million in grants to 30 nonprofit organization through our 2017 mental health funding.

Projects address improved capacity, access and quality of mental health services.

“We are proud to partner with these organizations that are providing necessary support to enable those in need to live healthy and resilient lives,” said Bridget McCandless, M.D., President/CEO of the Health Forward Foundation.

Health Forward received a total of 66 proposals totaling nearly $10.7 million in requests.

The following grants were awarded during the August board of directors meeting:

Agency Award Grant Description
Amethyst Place $56,000 To support individual therapy for adults, play therapy for children, family therapy, couples therapy, and group therapy for the 100+ women and children living on Amethyst Place’s campus.
Belton School District #124 $245,626 To provide mental health services to the students, parents, and families of the Belton School District.
Child Abuse Prevention Association $63,549 To support CAPA’s Family Support Services programming, which include a home-visiting program, parenting classes and other community education activities.
Child Protection Center $233,619 To support the Child Protection Center’s Forensic Interview, Family Support and Mental Health Services programs for victims of child abuse and their families.
Compass Health $140,000 To provide direct, evidence-based clinical services to the underserved, underinsured and uninsured individuals and families of Cass and Lafayette counties who are in need of behavioral health intervention.
Cornerstones of Care $266,833 To support the implementation, certification, consultation, and training of staff of an evidence- and solution-based model of case management to serve children and their families in Jackson and Cass counties in Missouri, and Johnson County, Kansas.
DeLaSalle Education Center $113,253 To increase access to mental health services by providing comprehensive, school-based mental health services for at-risk high school students.
The Family Conservancy $100,000 To support outpatient mental health therapy for traumatized adults and children.
Footprints $75,000 To support staff members to provide supervision, case management, referrals, instruction, recovery coaching and other supportive services for adults with substance disorders.
Genesis School $152,767 To provide individual, group, and psycho-educational therapy and support services to children in urban Kansas City regularly experiencing trauma in their lives.
Guadalupe Educational Systems $99,709 To support a bilingual mental health counselor to provide trauma-informed support to students and families served by the charter school system. The funds will be used to provide mental health services to students by implementing trauma-informed programming within the schools.
Hope House $112,233 To support adult therapists/addictions counselors to provide domestic violence survivors with therapy, case management, and support groups. Health Forward funds also support an assessment specialist to provide assessments and system navigation to survivors with severe mental illness.
Jewish Vocational Service $100,000 To provide mental health wraparound services for refugee and immigrant communities, families and individuals.
Kansas City CARE Clinic $325,000 To provide integrated behavioral health care — including therapy, case management, and psychiatry — to Kansas City’s uninsured, underinsured, and underserved.
KidsTLC $100,000 To deepen the knowledge and leadership capacity of KidsTLC’s staff in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, a treatment designed to facilitate more trusting relationships and healthier brain development for adopted or fostered children.
Mattie Rhodes Center $250,000 To provide bilingual mental health services to the low-income, uninsured, Spanish-speaking population.
Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault $365,000 Provide evidence-based counseling services to improve mental health outcomes for uninsured and under-resourced individuals and families impacted by sexual abuse, sexual assault and rape in the greater Kansas City area.
Open Options $42,348 Provide specialized supports and services for people with both mental illness and a developmental or intellectual disability.
Poetry for Personal Power $50,000 To launch a local adaptation of the evidence-based CANEI peer-support model, a community health work wraparound service.
Reconciliation Services $90,076 To improve access to and quality of community-based behavioral health services by sustaining SnAP Trauma & Depression Program for low-income Kansas City residents struggling with undiagnosed depression and PTSD.
reStart $157,630 To provide and expand comprehensive client-centered mental and behavioral health services for homeless youth, adults, and families.
Rose Brooks Center $209,601 To provide trauma-informed mental health services for survivors of domestic violence.
SAFEHOME $150,000 To provide trauma-informed, culturally-sensitive expert mental health services to victims of domestic violence and their children.
Sheffield Place $138,589 To provide quality, evidence-based mental health services (assessment, treatment planning, and individual, group, and family therapy) to poor and underserved homeless mothers and their children in the urban core of Kansas City, Missouri.
Southeast Kansas Mental Health Center $125,000 To support a substance abuse case management position to coordinate care, access resources, and facilitate treatment for individuals participating in an intensive outpatient treatment program; to develop a telehealth infrastructure to support coordination and treatment for intensive outpatient clients.
Sunflower House $48,500 To support key staff positions to ensure better mental health outcomes for children affected by physical and sexual abuse in our community.
Tri-County Mental Health Services $120,000 To support the growing demands of the consumer population enrolled in the Health Care Home program.
Turner House Clinic $146,688 To improve access to mental health care services for underserved, low-income children and adults; and to improve capacity and quality practice by integrating and leveraging resources among three safety net clinics: Turner House Children’s Clinic, Silver City Health Center and the Kansas University Pediatric Clinic Children’s Campus at Kansas City.
Unified School District 258-Humboldt $126,035 To support a licensed mental health therapist and a certified case manager that will provide mental health care to students, parents and families of USD 258.
YMCA of Greater Kansas City $57,888 To increase the Y’s internal capacity to deliver trauma-informed services within Early Head Start and Head Start early education programming.

The mental health grants are the second round of foundation defined grants (FDG) awarded by Health Forward in 2017. Safety net grants, the third and final round of FDGs, will be announced in December. For more information on applying for Health Forward foundation defined grants, visit

Health Forward Foundation
2300 Main Street, Suite 304
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 241-7006