Health Forward awards $4.25 million in Mental Health grants


Date: Aug. 10, 2016
Contact: Jennifer Sykes
Phone: (816) 241-7006

Kansas City, MO — The Health Forward Foundation (Health Forward) has awarded 26 nonprofit organizations a total of $4.25 million in 2016 mental health funding. These grants provide direct mental health services to adults and children and work to integrate behavioral and physical health care.

“These organizations provide equitable, evidence-based or informed services to help the uninsured and underserved receive needed behavioral health services. We are proud to support them in our effort to eliminate barriers and promote quality health,” said Bridget McCandless, M.D., President/CEO of Health Forward.

In February 2016, Health Forward released its Mental Health Requests for Proposals (RFP). The Foundation received a total of 68 proposals totaling more than $12.4 million in requests.

The following grants were awarded during the August Board of Directors meeting:

Agency Amount Awarded Project 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 our campus.
Belton School District #124 $233,819 To support the ACCESS school-based behavioral health therapists who will provide services to students and their families in all K-12 schools in the Belton School District.
Child Abuse Prevention Association $63,615 To support CAPA’s Family Support Services programming, which includes the Healthy Family Connections home-visiting program, the Strengthening Families group, and community education activities.
Child Protection Center, Inc. $200,000 To support the Child Protection Center’s Forensic Interview, Family Support and Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention programs for victims of child abuse and their families.
The Children’s Mercy Hospital $223,308 To support the TIES (Team for Infants Exposed to Substance abuse) program, which provides intensive, home-based services to pregnant and postpartum women and their families affected by substance abuse.
The Children’s Place $332,230 To support, over two years, therapeutic treatment services and outpatient programs to severely abused and neglected young children and their families.
Compass Health, Inc. $120,000 To support a psychiatrist, licensed clinical professional and nurse liaison who will provide direct, evidence-based behavioral health care services to the underserved, underinsured and uninsured individuals and families of Cass and Lafayette counties.
DeLaSalle Education Center $97,468 To support DeLaSalle’s school-based mental health program that provides therapy, evaluation, assessment, case management and related mental health services for at least 300 underserved and low-income high school students.
The Family Conservancy $75,000 To provide outpatient mental health services for individuals who are categorized under the DSM-5 category of “trauma- and stressor-related disorders.”
Genesis School, Inc. $148,695 To support licensed mental health professionals and a family resource specialist to provide individual, group, and psychoeducational therapy and support services to over 280 urban Kansas City children regularly experiencing trauma in their lives.
Hope House, Inc. $110,000 To support adult therapists/addictions counselors who will provide domestic violence survivors with individual and group therapy, case management, and support groups. Additionally, grant funds will go toward therapeutic curriculum and process evaluation.
Kansas City CARE Clinic $300,000 To offer integrated behavioral health care — including case management, therapy, behavior intervention, and psychiatry — to Kansas City’s uninsured, underinsured, and underserved.
Kansas City Missouri School District $180,000 To support, over two years, behavioral health screenings and treatment for the district’s pre-K students on the Head Start waiting list or ineligible for Head Start services.
KidsTLC, Inc.  $246,938 To support the expansion of KidsTLC’s Integrated Behavioral Health Care partnership with Olathe Medical Systems, Inc., through funding a behavioral health consultant and advance practice registered nurse.
Legal Aid of Western Missouri $157,171 To support a full-time attorney who will provide representation or counsel to clients so that they may secure Medicaid, Supplemental Security income and other public benefits that help successfully treat and manage mental illness.
Mattie Rhodes Center $250,000 To support salaries and supplies necessary for the implementation of Mattie Rhodes Center’s Latino Mental Health services, which provide bilingual intake, service coordination, therapy, psychiatry and support to the low-income, predominately Spanish-speaking community.
Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault $162,901 To improve access to behavioral health care for uninsured and underserved populations impacted by sexual abuse and sexual assault.
Midwest Foster Care & Adoption Association $140,806 To provide home-based behavioral intervention services, thus keeping foster and adopted children out of residential mental health treatment.
Ozanam $100,000 To develop and implement targeted pre- and post-adoption behavioral health services so that family crises will be avoided or resolved, and the risk of adoption failing for youth with severe behavioral disorders will decrease.
Reconciliation Services $90,672 To support the “Strength, eNergy and Power” (SnAP) Trauma & Depression program. SnAP will provide mental health programming for uninsured and impoverished women and men suffering from depression and PTSD living east of Troost.
ReDiscover $216,975 To support the demand for behavioral health services for veterans and their families by providing critical start-up training and services support.
reStart, Inc. $155,000 To provide comprehensive, client-centered mental and behavioral health services for high-risk, high-need homeless youth and adults. Services are designed to help participants overcome barriers of distrust and disaffiliation, to engage participants as voluntary recipients of mental health and behavioral health services, and to empower them as effective self-advocates and as active participants in their own care.
Rose Brooks Center, Inc. $179,875 To support trauma-informed mental health services for the vastly underserved and economically disadvantaged survivors of domestic violence.
SAFEHOME, Inc. $207,400 To provide no-cost, trauma-informed, culturally-sensitive, expert mental health services to victims of domestic violence and their children, who might otherwise not have access to these professional services.
Sheffield Place $102,127 To provide quality, evidence-based mental health services to poor and underserved homeless mothers and their children in the urban core of Kansas City, Missouri.
Tri-County Mental Health Services, Inc. $100,000 To provide meaningful interventions through the Health Care Home program and Peer Specialist Services to support consumers with co-occurring mental health/substance use disorders and chronic health conditions.

The Mental Health grants are the second round of Foundation Defined Grants (FDG) awarded by Health Forward in 2016. Safety Net grants, the third and final round of FDGs, will be announced in December. For more information on applying, visit our Foundation Defined Grants page.

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