Health Forward awards $4.45 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 $4.45 million in grants to 28 nonprofit organizations through our 2018 Mental Health funding.

These programs provide the necessary support to enable those in need to live healthy and resilient lives.

“We are proud to partner with organizations that are improving the availability and quality of mental health services,” said Health Forward President/CEO Bridget McCandless, M.D.

Health Forward received a total of 74 proposals totaling nearly $15 million in requests.

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

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[efsrow_column]AdHoc Group Against Crime[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]$207,936[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]To reduce the impact of trauma that people of color experience in economically-distressed neighborhoods by supporting a range of mental health services, including in-home counseling, support groups, cognitive behavior intervention classes, and crisis support.[/efsrow_column]
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[efsrow_column]Amethyst Place[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]$67,000[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]To provide treatment-based, supportive housing for homeless, low-income women in crisis who have history of chronic substance abuse, and their children.[/efsrow_column]
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[efsrow_column]Belton School District #124[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]$245,000[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]To support school-based therapy services within the Belton School District.[/efsrow_column]
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[efsrow_column]Benilde Hall[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]$56,236[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]To deliver mental health treatment to homeless men with co-occurring disorders so that they may achieve stability and independence.[/efsrow_column]
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[efsrow_column]Child Protection Center[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]$200,000[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]To address trauma and increase coping strategies and resources for survivors of child abuse and their families by supporting the forensic interview, family advocacy, and mental health programs.[/efsrow_column]
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[efsrow_column]Children’s Mercy Hospital[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]$60,253[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]To achieve physical and mental well-being for families, caregivers, and children with medical complexity by providing an eight-week, mindfulness-based stress reduction group for parents.[/efsrow_column]
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[efsrow_column]The Children’s Place[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]$351,240[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]To support clinical staff delivering mental health services to children who have experienced abuse, neglect, and other traumas.[/efsrow_column]
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[efsrow_column]Children’s Rights[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]$125,000[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]To support advocacy efforts in Missouri that aim to improve practices for prescribing psychotropic medication to children in foster care.[/efsrow_column]
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[efsrow_column]Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]$125,000[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]To reverse trends in health outcomes by integrating comprehensive, evidence-based behavioral health and addiction treatment in Iola, Kansas.[/efsrow_column]
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[efsrow_column]Compass Health[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]$140,000[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]To support psychiatric, therapeutic, and nursing services for residents of Cass and Lafayette counties.[/efsrow_column]
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[efsrow_column]Comprehensive Mental Health Services[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]$81,594[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]To support the addition of a suicide prevention liaison and hospital discharge specialist.[/efsrow_column]
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[efsrow_column]El Centro[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]$108,755[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]To support the Academy for Children’s early childhood mental health programming.[/efsrow_column]
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[efsrow_column]Genesis School[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]$153,000[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]To provide therapeutic and support services for school-aged children and their families.[/efsrow_column]
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[efsrow_column]Hope House[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]$150,000[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]To provide adult domestic violence survivors with case management and individual and group therapy by supporting programming and hiring of additional staff, including an assessment specialist and an outreach children’s therapist.[/efsrow_column]
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[efsrow_column]Jewish Vocational Service[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]$100,000[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]To provide community education, culturally competent case management, and therapy resources to refugee and immigrant populations.[/efsrow_column]
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[efsrow_column]KC CARE Health Center[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]$250,000[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]To support behavioral health services, including therapy, case management, behavior intervention, and psychiatry.[/efsrow_column]
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[efsrow_column]Legal Aid of Western Missouri[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]$160,115[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]To help clients experiencing mental illness secure public benefits by supporting a full-time attorney who provides representation, brief legal advice, and counsel.[/efsrow_column]
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[efsrow_column]Mattie Rhodes Center[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]$480,000[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]To provide bilingual, trauma-informed mental health services to the low-income, uninsured, Spanish-speaking population of Jackson County, Missouri.[/efsrow_column]
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[efsrow_column]Newhouse[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]$50,000[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]To support therapeutic services for adult survivors of domestic violence.[/efsrow_column]
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[efsrow_column]Operation Breakthrough[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]$55,000[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]To support program development and therapeutic services for at-risk, school-aged children.[/efsrow_column]
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[efsrow_column]Reconciliation Services[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]$92,792[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]To support a trauma and depression therapy program for residents who have experienced intergenerational poverty, violence, and lack of opportunities.[/efsrow_column]
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[efsrow_column]reStart[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]$158,267[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]To work with community partners to better engage homeless adults and to support staff who provide mental health services and care coordination to homeless persons with mental health needs.[/efsrow_column]
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[efsrow_column]Rose Brooks Center[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]$225,000[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]To support survivors of domestic violence and their children through innovative, accessible, and trauma-informed mental health services.[/efsrow_column]
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[efsrow_column]SAFEHOME[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]$225,000[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]To support critical mental health programming for survivors of domestic violence and streamline the clinical intake process by adding a clinical care coordinator.[/efsrow_column]
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[efsrow_column]Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]$231,028[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]To build the capacity of the Futures program by increasing staffing, expanding service area, and implementing new practice models of service delivery for children and families.[/efsrow_column]
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[efsrow_column]United Inner City Services[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]$90,000[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]To support implementation of an education and mental health needs dashboard that will increase data-driven decisions. Funds will also support mental health care and intervention for children and families.[/efsrow_column]
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[efsrow_column]Vibrant Health[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]$150,000[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]To improve access to and quality of culturally-sensitive integrated behavioral health care services, including trauma-informed care for children and adults.[/efsrow_column]
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[efsrow_column]Wyandot Center[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]$111,784[/efsrow_column]
[efsrow_column]To improve access to mental health services by hiring an intake and triage specialist and an outreach specialist.Welcome to EditPad.org – your online plain text editor. Enter or paste your text here. To download and save it, click on the button below.[/efsrow_column]
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The Mental Health Grants are the second round of foundation defined grants awarded by Health Forward in 2018. Safety Net Grants, the third and final round of foundation defined grants, will be announced in December. For more information on applying for Health Forward foundation defined grants, visit healthforward.org.

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