The Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky is expanding access to mental health services in the local community after receiving several different grants.
The lack of affordable access to mental/behavioral health and addiction treatment services is currently at crisis levels throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky and nationwide, and several health care professional associations have declared emergencies specific to the lack of services for children and adolescents.
Local public school districts have requested new and expanded treatment services from Children’s Home health professionals in the area of behavioral health in record numbers.
The home has seen a 434% increase in impacts to clients and family members over the past eight years and continues to serve socio-economically disadvantaged clients across the region, according to the Children’s Home.
The largest grant award came from Bethesda, Inc, which is a foundation whose mission is to transform health for all people in Greater Cincinnati by fueling health innovation and equity through grantmaking. . They gave the Children’s Home $1.5 million to support the project. The home also received a $100,000 grant from PNC Charitable Trusts.
“These major investments will ensure that all families in our region have access to therapists and healthcare providers, especially for those most at risk,” said Rick Wurth, CEO of Children’s Home.
In May, the home received a $100,000 investment from the City of Union, followed by a $500,000 investment from the City of Covington in September.
These funds were granted under the American Rescue Plan Act, passed in 2021, to accelerate the country’s recovery from the economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The nonprofit program is one of 32 general expense categories the Covington Board of Commissioners has identified for the city’s $36 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds. $500,000 of this amount has been earmarked for organizations that provide mental health services.
“The City of Covington and the City of Union have truly set an example for other cities and local county governments to boldly respond to the growing demands for addiction treatment and mental health services for its citizens,” said Würth said. “The public-private funding model for CHNK’s expansion is one that works incredibly well and delivers positive results with incredible community impact.”