The Superior Health Foundation awarded $722,065.93 in proactive pediatric mental health grants to six organizations during its fall grant award celebration in October. These grants were awarded over a two-year period to the Michigan State University – Department of Pediatrics and Human Development; Upper Peninsula Health Care Solutions, Inc.; Great Lakes Recovery Centers, Inc.; Catholic Social Services of the Upper Peninsula; Northern Michigan University and Marquette-Alger RESA. The event was presented by 44North and was attended by representatives from each organization who accepted their grant awards.
The Superior Health Foundation’s commitment to improving mental health care for children is evident through these grants, which will be used to fund programs that focus on prevention, early intervention, and treatment of pediatric mental health conditions. By investing in these programs, the foundation hopes to make a positive impact on the lives of children and families in the region.
The six organizations that received funding are all working towards improving access to mental health services for children in different ways. For example, Michigan State University – Department of Pediatrics and Human Development will use its grant to develop a telehealth program that connects children with licensed therapists via video conferencing technology. This will provide access to mental health care for children living in rural areas where there may not be enough providers available.
Upper Peninsula Health Care Solutions, Inc., will use its grant funding to develop a peer support group for families affected by pediatric mental health conditions. This group will provide a safe space for families to connect with others who have experienced similar challenges and share resources and support.
Great Lakes Recovery Centers, Inc., received funding for its adolescent substance abuse treatment program which utilizes evidence-based practices such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and family therapy to treat adolescents with substance abuse disorders. This program aims to help young people overcome addiction and achieve long-term recovery.
Catholic Social Services of the Upper Peninsula received funding for its Mental Health Support Group Program which provides weekly support groups for individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder or other serious mental illnesses as well as their families members who may also be struggling with mental health issues such as caregiver burnout or grief after losing loved one due to an illness or accident . This program offers a safe space for individuals seeking support and guidance on how best manage their condition while also promoting self-care practices that can improve overall wellbeing of clients.
Northern Michigan University’s grant funding will be used