FamilyCare awards $532,000 in grants to support BH access

FamilyCare Health announced grant awards to six community based organizations in Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties for total of $532,186.00. The funds support increased access to behavioral health services and increase culturally specific services to Latino customers.

Cindy Becker, VP of Public Affairs told State of Reform more about the grants.

“The grants awarded align with FamilyCare priorities around investing in mental health and addictions services which impact so many of our members as well as expanding the ability of community services to serve our Latino members who account for approximately 15% of our population.”

Family Care, a Medicare and Medicaid managed care organization serving the tri-county area and some parts of Marion counties, has 130,000 members.

“These investments advance the important work being done by our partners to benefit the health of individuals, families, and the communities at large,” said Jeff Heatherington, CEO of FamilyCare Health. “We’re proud to be associated with these committed organizations.”

Below is a list and description of the grantees from FamilyCare:

Capital Projects:

ALBERTINA KERR: $150,000 for Completion of the Albertina Kerr Campus for Children’s Mental Health in Gresham. These funds will assist with the final phase construction costs, plus furnishings and equipment in the clinical facilities on the Children’s Mental Health Campus. The Children’s Mental Health Campus will sustain and improve access to mental health services for children and their families

CENTRAL CITY CONCERN: $150,000 for renovation of deteriorated service spaces in CCC’s Golden West building to increase clients served at the Old Town Clinic. Two programs – the Imani Center (Afrocentric mental health and additions treatment) and the Benefits Entitlement Specialist Team (BEST) — will be relocated to the expanded space. The relocation of these programs will in turn allow for projected growth in CCC Health Services and increase engagement of high-risk clients in primary care and behavioral health services.

Capacity Building:

COMMUNITY CAPACITATION CENTER: $58,649 for development of a new Spanish-language training state certified Community Health Worker (CHW) training curriculum on behalf of the Latino-Centric CHW Training Partnership. This group – El Programa Hispano Católico, Latino Network, Nuestra Comunidad Sana, and Northwest Family Services – will conduct the cultural adaptation and translation and co-facilitate the trainings.

LATINO NETWORK: $64,500 for an Early Childhood Community Health Worker (CHW) who will provide direct linkages between children and families enrolled in their programs and primary healthcare services. The CHW will provide health workshops for parents, developmental screenings, and referrals to services for families participating in Latino Network’s early childhood programs.

ROSEWOOD CLINIC (YVFW): $85,197 for two Community Health Workers (CHWS) for the Yakima Valley Farm Workers’ clinic to provide culturally appropriate, intensive, and individualized support in addressing social determinants of health and traumatic life events that their clients experience.

ADELANTE MUJERES: $24,237 for increasing food security for Latina women and their young children. The grant will benefit those living in western Washington County who are enrolled in classes such as GED Prep in Spanish, computer skills, job training, and parenting and personal growth classes. This program is intended to (1) Increase Latino Families consumption of fresh, local produce and, (2) Inform and refer participants to federal benefit programs in order to improve participants’ food security.