Desert Healthcare District awards 5 grants supporting behavioral health services for children and families
The Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board on Tuesday, July 26, approved $1,175,817 in grants for behavioral health programs and services in the Coachella Valley.
The recipients, who range from schools to a homeless shelter, offer to use the money to provide ongoing and new services that aim to expand community access to behavioral/mental health services.
These grants are expected to be the first round of funding awarded to improve access to behavioral health care. Contracts are expected to begin August 1.
“Behavioral health care has always been an important part of the overall health and well-being of residents at any age, and it is particularly important right now for children and young adults affected by isolation and uncertainty of the pandemic, social media and other challenges they face,” said Dr. Conrado Bárzaga, CEO of the Desert Health District and Foundation, in a prepared statement. “These grants from the District of health are a first step in helping Coachella Valley families heal and move toward a brighter, brighter future.”
The following grants have been approved:
- Desert Sands Unified School District, $296,194. Grant 1340 will allow the school district, which serves about 27,000 students, to add staff, including a behavioral health nurse and a behavior analyst to work with children and their families.
- Innercare, aka Clinicas De Salud Del Pueblo, $150,000. Grant #1339 will fund two licensed clinical social workers and increase behavioral health services for children and families in Coachella and Mecca. It also supports clinics’ ability to provide telehealth services.
- Martha’s Village and Kitchen, $99,854. Grant #1336 enables the homeless shelter to focus on behavioral health awareness, education, and connection through increased training and services specific to a shelter program.
- Transgender Health and Wellness Center, $129,769. Grant #1346 supports an opportunity for the center to expand behavioral health services for transgender residents of the Coachella Valley.
- University of California Riverside, $500,000. Grant #1334 will allow the university to expand its on- and off-campus CARSpaces, which are free behavioral health services available to students and their families.
The Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Board first identified behavioral health as a priority in 2018, establishing a behavioral health initiative with a $2 million allocation. Since then, he commissioned a Community Behavioral Health Needs Assessment in 2019, hired Jana Trew as Senior Program Officer for Behavioral Health in 2021, and included “Proactively expanding community access to Behavioral/Mental Health Services” as Goal #3 in the District and the Foundation’s new strategic plan. And in June, the Board approved another $2 million allocation to support behavioral health programs and services.
“The support provided to these organizations to provide targeted behavioral health education and prevention services to children and families in our district is representative of a cross section of community needs served by a diverse group of providers. focused on services that will have a real impact. said Jana Trew, Desert Healthcare District and Foundation Senior Program Officer for Behavioral Health. “We at the District are excited about the potential expansion of support that will be possible as a result.”
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