HCF Awards $4.3 Million in Mental Health Grants


Date: August 12, 2015
Contact: Jennifer Sykes
Phone: 816-241-7006

KANSAS CITY, MO – The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City (HCF) has awarded 37 nonprofit organizations a total of $4.3 million in 2015 mental health funding. These grants support behavioral health and family and domestic violence services, and prevention and advocacy efforts.

“Enhanced mental health care is central to the mission of HCF. We are proud to support these organizations that are providing quality care to vulnerable populations,” said Bridget McCandless, M.D., President/CEO of HCF.

In January 2014, HCF released its Mental Health Requests for Proposals (RFP). The foundation received a total of 58 proposals totaling approximately $9.1 million in requests.

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


Agency Amount Awarded Project Description
Amethyst Place $53,725 To support an on-site family therapist who provides trauma-informed therapy to low-income, high-risk, homeless women in recovery, and their children.
ArtsTech $77,334 To support the addition of mental health specialists to provide assessments and trauma informed therapy for school secondary (grades 7-12) students enrolled in an Out of School Suspension Program piloted by ArtsTech and the Kansas City School District.
Associated Youth Services $111,000 To support accessible, stigma-neutral option for mental health services for poor and underserved youth in Wyandotte County Kansas. A partnership with Kansas University Medical School Department of Adolescent and Child Psychiatry, will make timely psychiatric and medication evaluations available.
Belton School District #124 $244,000 To support four mental health clinicians to provide school-based individual and family therapy to the underserved population in the Belton School District.
Benilde Hall $45,648 To provide on-site mental health treatment to homeless men suffering from substance abuse, mental illness and co-occurring disorders.
The Children’s Place $160,250 To support salaries for clinical staff who deliver mental health remediation services to severely abused and neglected young children in Kansas City. Clinical services are delivered through Day Treatment and Outpatient programs.
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 victims of sexual and physical abuse, and their families.
Community LINC $27,000 To support the Family Mental Health Services for the homeless families in the Interim Housing program. This funding will support the individual therapy and group sessions held while families are in process of obtaining permanent housing.
Compass Health Inc $85,000 To support the expansion of behavioral health care through the addition of one psychiatrist, one licensed clinical professional and a part-time nurse liaison, to provide evidence-based behavioral health care services to the underserved, underinsured and uninsured individuals and families of Cass and Lafayette counties.
Crittenton Children’s Center $100,000 To support the development of an outpatient clinic, which will increase access and improve quality of care for children. The outpatient clinic will create new opportunities to provide clinical services in a convenient setting.
Curators of the University of Missouri – UMKC $160,000 To implement the “Zero Suicide” suicide prevention framework within the two largest mental health agencies the Metropolitan Kansas City area, where suicide rates are higher than the national average.
DeLaSalle Education Center $90,702 To support school-based mental health program that provides therapy, assessment, evaluation, case management, and related mental health services for at least 300 at-risk high school students.
Genesis School, Inc. $99,195 To support the school-based counseling program, providing individual, group, and psycho-educational therapy to 300 students in urban Kansas City regularly experiencing trauma in their lives.
Gillis Center Inc. $160,000 To support increased coordination and capacity for the Gillis Intake and Assessment Center and Treatment Foster Care programs for improved mental and behavioral health outcomes for children ages 4-18 overcoming trauma and neglect.
Health Literacy Missouri $110,000 To provide in-depth communications training, document review and revision and health environment assessments to TMC Behavioral Health staff to improve providers’ ability to communicate with patients at high risk for poor behavioral and physical health outcomes.
Health Partnership of Johnson County $124,000 To support the integration of a substance abuse specialist into the already integrated behavioral health and primary care model. Funds will support a full-time licensed specialist clinical social worker (LSCSW) over two years.
Hope Haven of Cass County $65,000 To support professional therapy for adult and child victims of domestic and sexual violence. Funds will support the addition of an outreach case manager and the supplies for children’s play therapy.
Hope House, Inc. $99,870 To support adult therapists/addictions counselors and an assessment specialist who provide domestic violence survivors with trauma informed individual and group therapy, case management, support groups, mental health assessments and mental health system navigation.
Jewish Vocational Service $100,000 To provide mental health wrap-around services for refugee and immigrant communities, families and individuals provided through community outreach, education, therapy and case management services. HCF will support social work staff that will provide trainings and mental health services.
Kansas City CARE Clinic $285,457 To support the clinic in the continuation of integrated behavioral health care services – including case management, therapy and psychiatry – to Kansas City’s uninsured, underinsured and underserved.
Lexington R-V School District $48,650 To support the Brighter Futures Consortium in the delivery of primary and early mental health intervention programs to students, educators and parents in Lafayette County.
Mattie Rhodes Center $235,000 To support culturally responsive comprehensive mental health services to the low-income, predominately Spanish-speaking community that otherwise disproportionately experiences a lack of access to these critical services in Kansas City.
Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault $99,895 To improve the community response to victims and allow MOCSA to respond to the continued demand for counseling for child sexual abuse and sexual violence victims and their significant others.
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Greater Kansas City $65,750 To provide guidance, linkage, education, and support to individuals with mental illness, their families, and the general community. Funds will support three program staff and expenses for this program.
Niles Home for Children $51,740 To support the delivery and assessment of evidence-based, trauma-informed residential based behavioral health services to Kansas City youth who are victims of abuse, neglect and exposure to violence.
Operation Breakthrough, Inc. $125,000 To support two-generation prevention, intervention and education services to remediate the effects of toxic stress and strengthen clients’ resiliency.
ReDiscover $100,000 To support outreach and intensive services to improve the behavioral health status of hard-to-treat adults with serious mental illnesses.
reStart, Inc. $135,000 To support expansion and enhancement of client-centered behavioral health and anti-violence services for children and adults.
Rose Brooks Center, Inc. $162,379 To support trauma-informed therapeutic services for adult domestic violence survivors. Funds will also support trauma-informed training for delivering innovative techniques for supporting survivors in severe trauma.
SAFEHOME, Inc. $194,178 To provide trauma-informed mental health services to victims of domestic violence and their children who would otherwise not have access to these professional services.
Sheffield Place $86,058 To support mental health (residential & aftercare) services to highly-traumatized homeless children & families.
Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care Services of Greater Kansas City $35,473 To support mental health services for safety net clinic patients in Wyandotte County. Funds will support salaries for mental health clinicians and social services staff required to implement this integrated model.
Spofford $65,000 To provide salary support for six residential clinical therapist positions that will provide research-based therapy interventions to children and their families.
Swope Health Services $200,000 To hire a full-time psychiatric advanced practice registered nurse to increase access to mental health services at three satellite clinic locations in Jackson County.
Synergy Services, Inc. $137,696 To support three, licensed therapist positions, including one lead therapist, who provide best-practice, evidence-based clinical care to children, youth and families.
Tri-County Mental Health Services, Inc. $60,000 To support a nurse care manager within the Health Care Home program, which provides services to the uninsured. Additionally, grant funds will support consumers diagnosed with a co-occuring disorder through an evidence-based integrated treatment program, inclusive of trauma-informed care.
Truman Medical Center Charitable Foundation $100,000 To fund a contract with the Center for Cognition and Recovery for continued training and monitoring of TMC’s implementation of the CETCLEVELAND® treatment model, a SAMHSA evidence-based practice for improving neurocognition and social cognition in individuals with schizophrenia.

The Mental Health grants are the second round of Foundation Defined Grants awarded by HCF in 2015. Safety Net grants will be awarded in December. For more information on applying for HCF Foundation Defined Grants, visit www.hcfgkc.org.



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