Building the capacity of local mental health providers to deliver school-based services

The Foundation's Local Initiative Funding Partners Program is a matching grants program designed to establish partnerships between the Foundation and local grantmakers in support of innovative, community-based projects that improve health and health care for underserved and vulnerable populations.In a neighborhood of crime, poverty and active gangs, pervasive violence traumatizes children and families. This grant provides support for Connecting with Care which demonstrates a new collaboration of the public schools, a child mental health agency and a hospital psychiatry department to integrate trauma therapy into school-based services. Up to 80 percent of the cost of additional counseling staff may be covered through third-party reimbursement for individual student therapy sessions. This model substantially increases the number of full-time clinicians who join the community to work with teachers, parents and local groups engaged in all aspects of children's lives. The project plans to expand to 10 schools that have the highest rates of violence and disciplinary incidents reflecting multiple stressors and untreated mental health problems. Funding partners include The Amelia Peabody Foundation and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $513,762.00

Awarded on: 6/22/2006

Time frame: 7/1/2006 - 12/31/2011

Grant Number: 58058


Alliance for Inclusion & Prevention Inc.

105 Cummins Highway
Roslindale, 02131-2614


Robert Kilkenny
Project Director