1995 – 1999 Mental Health Program Grants

1999

Grants Paid During 1999
Including Payments for Grants Approved in Prior years

Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture $30,000
New York, NY

To help replicate the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture. The goal of this project is to expand mental health care services for immigrants and refugees who are survivors of torture and war trauma. The program builds on their successful model of culturally appropriate group therapy for Immigrant and Refugee Survivors of Torture and War trauma to: 1) train psychologists interested in treating this population, 2) adapt and replicate the model working with newly trained psychologists and community-based social service providers to design two additional therapy groups in NYC offered in community-based settings, 3) use this expanded experience to train others in New York about how to adapt and replicate the model through a one-day training with on-going consultation services providing technical assistance and 4) train service providers in cities beyond New York on how to use the model through two two-day training sessions in a least two other cities.
(First payment of a $40,000 grant)

Compeer, Inc.$30,000
Rochester, NY

For the national dissemination of “Compeer Kids”, a model mental health program for children. This program matches trained community volunteers in one-to-one mentoring relationships with children who have developed or are at risk for developing serious emotional/behavioral problems. This program was developed by the Rochester Compeer Program in 1978. Compeer itself was launched in 1973 in Rochester with its adult mentoring program. In 1982, its success established Compeer’s National Office which supports the development of Compeer programs throughout the United States. The existing 120 Compeer programs in 33 states are the potential audience for replicating the Compeer Kids model. Compeer will work intensely with 15 sites to replicate the “Compeer Kids” program. The policies, procedures, manuals and training materials developed to do this will ultimately be available to each of the 120 Compeer programs across the country.
(First payment of a $40,000 grant)

Edgewood Center for Children and Families $45,000
San Francisco, CA

To pilot, test and disseminate the Kinship Mental Health Program, a model of mental health services for children in kinship care. This program will supplement the Edgewood Center for Children and Families’ successful Kinship Support Network by focusing on providing therapy, case management, and other needed services for families where children are being raised by their grandparents or other relatives. In year one the program will be piloted for severely emotionally disturbed and at-risk children in kinship care. In year two dissemination materials will be completed, information on the program disseminated nationally, and technical assistance in replicating the model will be provided to at least 8 other service providers. The program will combine comprehensive mental health services for the child with supportive services for the whole family including family therapy and case management for the whole family.
(First payment of a $70,000 grant)

The Foundation for Integrative Medicine $35,000
Tucson, AZ

For the pilot project “Children and the Mind/Body Connection.” Students will be taught such mind/body practices as mindfulness meditation and guided imagery as preventative methods for keeping stress-related and unconventional behaviors from bubbling over into violent acts. In addition parents and teachers will be taught similar techniques to practice individually and with their children. The project seeks to reduce such behaviors as acting out in anger, oppositional behavior and inattention; improve academic performance in the classroom; reduce physical stress-related symptoms in children, such as headaches and stomach aches; and improve parents’ and teachers’ skills in handling stress at home and in the classroom. Piloted in three elementary schools in Tucson (including disadvantaged, ethnically diverse, and high achiever students), the project will be evaluated and the results shared nationally through conferences, publications, and the media. Possible sites for replication across the country will also be identified.
(First payment of a $55,000 grant)

Herbert G. Birch Services $15,000
New York, NY

To develop a new innovative model parent training program for parents of children with disabilities. Parents and professionals will collaborate to define strategies that support familial relationships while still encouraging skill acquisition for the child. Together, parents and professionals will design and implement individualized interventions customized to the needs of the family’s situation. The program will first be implemented with parents of children with autism and then expanded to include parents with children with profound mental retardation. Parents will participate in a psychoeducational parent support group. Training sessions will introduce them to various intervention strategies. In collaboration with professionals,they will design and implement an intervention for their family with ongoing support from staff. A Parent training Program handbook/manual will be developed, published and distributed. Results will be shared with national parent organizations and at professional conferences.
(Second payment of a $45,000 grant)

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center $100,000
New York, NY

To support, “The Mind-Body-Spirit Program, a Holistic Model of Psychological Support for Patients with Cancer”. This project will develop, test and disseminate a new model of psychological support that incorporates and unifies mind, body and spiritual approaches into standard psychiatric and psychological interventions to enhance and broaden support for patients facing the existential crisis posed by cancer and other life threatening illness. This project builds on our previous grant which created a Model Psychological Support Program for Women with Breast Cancer. The program has three components: Mind-Body-Spirit Group, the Journey to the Moment focusing on meditation and spiritual practices; the development of a Psychospiritual Psychotherapy; and the Art Psychotherapy Project. Each component will be developed, implemented and tested over the three year period. Dissemination incluedes a manual, a guidebook, and a workbook.
(Second payment of a $300,000 grant)

Project Yes $35,000
Coral Gables, FL

To replicate Project YES Safe Schools, Healthy Families Initiative, a model training for high school faculty and staff, to improve the health and safety of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth. For three years Project YES has been conducting training in the Miami-Dade Public Schools. It now proposes to replicate its proven training model in three school districts in three cities representing diverse demographics and cultural factors. Project YES will conduct trainings at those sites, create and disseminate a training package for the schools including a video and manual, and then provide intensive planning, coaching, implementation and follow-up assistance to the three sites. Through the grant, 240 educators in 12 schools in three school districts will be trained. These educators will then share their new knowledge with the entire faculty of their schools. The training materials created through the grant will ultimately allow the program to be brought to many other school districts across the country.

Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League $30,000
Washington, DC

Seed money to launch its model Virtual Youth Center Mental Health Project to serve the needs of lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, or questioning youth. Using trained peer counselors, young people unable or unwilling (due to lack of transportation or fearful of revealing their orientation) will be able to access the on-line support groups and gain much-needed support, information, and when needed, crisis service. All aspects of the development, training, and operation of the groups will be under the direction of a licensed social worker. This carefully-monitored, professionally-overseen on-line peer support group model could be applicable to other at-risk groups who must cope with shame and stigma such as rape and incest survivors, family members of alcoholics, and victims of domestic violence. It is felt, that if successful, this groundbreaking approach could revolutionize mental health services.
(First payment of a $50,000 grant)

The Research Foundation of State University of New York $29,000
University at Buffalo

A court-related pilot project to address the mental health needs of children in divorcing/separating families: PACT (The Parents and Children in Transition Program). This innovative preventive program, being developed in partnership between the University at Buffalo and the Supreme and Family Courts in Erie County, NY, is designed to decrease mental health problems experienced by children in the context of parental divorce/separation. This project will: develop and implement a psycho-educational group intervention that will provide children whose parents are divorcing/separating support, education and coping skills; developing a detailed intervention manual to facilitate replication; and work to secure longer-term funding to evaluate and expand the program. The intervention will take the form of two, two-hour group sessions with both a children and parents group. Workshops to Administrative Judges,who can implement the program through administrative order, will help replicate the program across New York State and beyond.

1998

Grants Paid During 1998
Including Payments for Grants Approved in Prior years

Bazelon Center for Mental Health $30,000
Washington, DC

To promote the use and legal enforceability of advance psychiatric directives as a new tool to assist the consumers of mental health care in the maintenance of their psychological health in the event of a relapse. Psychiatric advance directives are seen as a proactive alternative to coercive treatment. These directives allow mental health consumers to assert in advance their choice of treatments if they have a psychotic episode or when symptoms may compromise their decision-making. This approach is already widely used in Europe. The Center will work in four target states to advance the use of directives and seek to establish their enforceability on a par with living wills and the health power of attorneys. The project will: document the impact and consequence of coercive treatment; develop a definitive model psychiatric advance directive; develop models in the target states, define aspects of state laws that will ensure their enforceability, and increase awareness of this option through educational efforts.
(First payment of a $45,000 grant.)

Herbert G. Birch Services $25,000
New York, NY

To develop a new innovative model parent training program for parents of children with disabilities. Parents and professionals will collaborate to define strategies that support familial relationships while still encouraging skill acquisition for the child. Together, parents and professionals will design and implement individualized interventions customized to the needs of the family’s situation. The program will first be implemented with parents of children with autism and then expanded to include parents with children with profound mental retardation. Parents will participate in a psychoeducational parent support group. Training sessions will introduce them to various intervention strategies. In collaboration with professionals, they will design and implement an intervention for their family with ongoing support from staff. A Parent Training Program handbook/manual will be developed, published and distributed.
(First payment of a $45,000 grant.)

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center $150,000
New York, NY

To support, “The Mind-Body-Spirit Program, a Holistic Model of Psychological Support for Patients with Cancer”. This project will develop, test and disseminate a new model of psychological support that incorporates and unifies mind, body and spiritual approaches into standard psychiatric and psychological interventions to enhance and broaden support for patients facing the existential crisis posed by cancer and other life threatening illness. The program has three components: Mind-Body-Spirit Group, the Journey to the Moment , focusing on meditation and spiritual practices; the development of a Psychospiritual Psychotherapy; and the Art Psychotherapy Project. Each component will be developed, implemented and tested over the three-year period.
(First payment of a $300,000 grant.)

Personality Disorders Foundation $30,000
New York, NY

For the start-up of the Personality Disorders Foundation. The mission of this new national organization is to: attain significant progress in the research and treatment of severe personality disorders; advocate for policies and funding necessary to achieve these advances; and to gain national exposure aimed at educating the public about, and destigmatizing the diagnosis of personality disorders. During this period the group will build a sound infrastructure and develop its organizational capacity.

Project Renewal $25,000
New York, NY

To support the planning phase of development to launch a model Crisis Residence in New York City to provide emergency psychiatric and medical care to patients suffering acute episodes of mental illness. This grant would match an existing grant and provide complete funding for designing and planning the Crisis Residence. This planning phase will provide a plan of operation, a research design to document the effectiveness of the Residence and will enlist additional research partners. In addition, funding sources will be identified and applications for implementing the Crisis Residence and research study will be submitted and a timeline and budget for all aspects of the project will be completed.

The Samaritans $20,000
New York, NY

For the pilot project: “Preventing Adolescent Suicide Through Public Awareness Education”. The project will design a prototype model suicide awareness and prevention education program with related training and skills materials. It will be piloted in the NYC public schools and replicated in several other major cities. The program will teach those who oversee the behavior, care and education of adolescents (teachers, guidance counselors, etc.) effective suicide prevention practices and instruct them on how to teach suicide prevention awareness to students. The suicide prevention material, and the “train-the-trainer” approach, suggest that this pilot could become an effective and practical national model.
(Final payment of a $50,000 grant.)

STOP IT NOW! $10,000
Haydenville, MA

To finalize STOP IT NOW’S! pilot program to prevent child abuse and to demonstrate this model program in two additional sites. STOP IT NOW! seeks to prevent child sexual abuse by focusing on adults: encouraging them to stop, report the abuse, and get treatment. Their pilot project in Vermont uses a public health approach including media efforts, a major educational outreach campaign targeting abusers and those who know them, and a phone helpline.
(Final payment of a $30,000 grant.)

1997

Grants Paid During 1997
Including Payments for Grants Approved in Prior years

The Center for Children and Families, Inc. $25,000
New York, NY

To support the Crisis Outreach Prevention and Education Project, a pilot effort to provide crisis intervention services and on-going treatment for homeless and street youth who are seriously emotionally disturbed. Using mental health experts and Peer Advocates, emergency services to youth in crisis will be provided on the street and at drop-in sites with youth being linked to follow-up long term mental health services.
(Final payment of a $50,000 grant.)

Empower Program, Inc. $5,000
Washington, DC

To expand and refine a model school-based violence-prevention curriculum for emotionally disabled, “at-risk” youth. Working at Mark Twain School in Maryland, a curriculum stressing self-worth, personal responsibility for behavior, communicating effectively, and developing decision-making skills will be refined as part of a comprehensive package of services to assist children identified as seriously emotionally disturbed to rejoin and contribute to their communities.
(Final payment of a $15,000 grant.)

Fountain House $35,000
New York, NY

Seed money to launch the “Model for Youth with Psychiatric Disabilities: An Innovative Program Providing Educational and Vocational Solutions.” This project is designed to make the successful club house model developed by Fountain House user friendly for young adults (between the ages of 16 and 25) who have a primary presenting disability or a major illness. The program will offer a comprehensive array of integrated services. Fountain House’s National Colleague Training Program will insure that this program is replicated at relevant clubhouse or community mental health center sites nationwide.

Hour Children, Inc. $10,000
Richmond Hill, NY

To launch an innovative counseling program to address the psycho-social needs of ex-offenders who are mothers and their children and families through individual and family counseling sessions in a mobile unit. By providing counseling for the children, the caregivers and the mothers, families will be assisted through the difficult transition period of a released mother’s reunion with her family.
(Final payment of a $40,000 grant.)

KidsPeace $30,000
Orefield, PA

Seed money for KidsCentral, a new interactive Internet resource providing help and hope to children in need of help. Through KidsCentral, children ages 10-15 will be given the message, “You Are Not Alone” and be able to address issues ranging from peer relationships and peer pressure, family dynamics, divorce, violence, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and other health issues. The site will allow children to ask their questions and seek the information and resources they need anonymously. Written material and outreach will help promote use and awareness of the site.

Midtown Community Court-Fund for the City of New York $25,000
New York, NY

One-time grant to bring the “Paul and Lisa” model mental health program addressing the mental health needs of female prostitutes to new audiences through training, replication, and dissemination. The Paul and Lisa Model in use at the Midtown Community Court will be adapted and replicated at the new Brooklyn Drug Court and a model curriculum documenting the results will be made available to other courts and service providers.
(Final payment of a $50,000 grant.)

Montefiore Medical Center $10,000
Bronx, NY

To pilot, evaluate and disseminate the HIV Mental Health Training Project, a model to provide clinical training to psychosocial staff members of inner-city community-based organizations providing HIV-related social services (case management, counseling, etc.) using the resources of academic medical center practitioners.
(Final payment of a $35,000 grant.)

The Samaritans $30,000
New York, NY

For the pilot project, “Preventing Adolescent Suicide through Public Education”, a prototype model suicide awareness and prevention education program with related training and skills materials to be piloted in the New York City public schools and then replicated in selected cities. The program will teach those who oversee the behavior, care and education of adolescents (teachers, guidance counselors, etc.) effective suicide prevention practices and instruct them on how to teach suicide prevention awareness to students.
(First payment of a $50,000 grant of which $20,000 is contingent on the raising of matching funds.)

STOP IT NOW! $20,000
Haydenville, MA

To finalize STOP IT NOW’S! pilot program to prevent child abuse and to demonstrate this model program in two additional sites. STOP IT NOW! seeks to prevent child sexual abuse by focusing on adults: encouraging them to stop, report the abuse, and get treatment. Their pilot project in Vermont uses a public health approach including media efforts, a major educational outreach campaign targeting abusers and those who know them, and a phone helpline.
(First payment of a $30,000 grant.)

1996

Grants Paid During 1996
Including Payments for Grants Approved in Prior Years

The Center for Children and Families, Inc. $25,000
New York, NY

One-time grant to support the Crisis Outreach Prevention and Education Project, a pilot effort to provide crisis intervention services and on-going treatment for homeless and street youth who are seriously emotionally disturbed. Using mental health experts and Peer Advocates, emergency services to youth in crisis will be provided on the street and at drop-in sites with youth being linked to follow-up long term mental health services.
(First payment of a $50,000 grant.)

Development for the Disabled, Inc. $10,000
Rapid City, SD

Support for a model project to demonstrate that the community-based housing needs of people with mental illnesses on limited incomes in rural areas can be addressed by utilizing the large stock of vacant historic structures found in many such communities.
(Final payment of a $25,000 grant.)

The Empower Program, Inc. $10,000
Washington, DC

To expand and refine a model school-based violence-prevention curriculum for emotionally disabled, “at-risk” youth. Working at Mark Twain School in Maryland, a curriculum stressing self-worth, personal responsibility for behavior, communicating effectively, and developing decision-making skills will be refined as part of a comprehensive package of services to assist children identified as seriously emotionally disturbed rejoin and contribute to their communities.
(First payment of a $15,000 grant.)

The Harlem Family Institute $35,000
New York, NY

For the dissemination and replication of the Harlem Family Institute’s model for delivering high quality, in-school, mental-health services to children and families in troubled neighborhoods through creative partnerships with psychoanalytic training institutes. In this model program, trainees from these institutes, supervised by senior analysts, provide long term, individual psychotherapy to children, and work with parents and faculty.

Hour Children, Inc. $30,000
Richmond Hill, NY

To launch an innovative counseling program to address the psycho-social needs of ex-offenders who are mothers and their children and families through individual and family counseling sessions in a mobile unit. By providing counseling for the children, the caregivers and the mothers, families will be assisted through the difficult transition period of a released mother’s reunion with her family.
(First payment of a $40,000 grant.)

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center $170,000
New York, NY

One-time grant from principal to support their model program for psychological intervention in women with breast cancer.
(Final payment of a $500,000 grant.)

Midtown Community Court-
Fund for the City of New York $25,000
New York, NY

One-time grant to bring the “Paul and Lisa” model mental health program addressing the mental health needs of female prostitutes to new audiences through training, replication, and dissemination. The Paul and Lisa Model in use at the Midtown Community Court will be adapted and replicated at the new Brooklyn Drug Court and a model curriculum documenting the results will be made available to other courts and service providers.
(First payment of a $50,000 grant.)

1995

Grants Paid During 1995
Including Payments for Grants Approved in Prior Years

Development for the Disabled, Inc. $15,000
Rapid City, SD

Support for a model project to demonstrate that the community-based housing needs of people with mental illnesses on limited incomes in rural areas can be addressed by utilizing the large stock of vacant historic structures found in many such communities.
(First payment of a two-year $25,000 grant.)

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House $5,000
New York, NY

To develop Project Crossroads, a pre-vocational training program that provides the formerly homeless, mentally ill residents of Casa Mutua, a “New York, New York” permanent residence for this population, work opportunities in their immediate community and to disseminate information on this model to others working with this population, particularly the other 49 “New York, New York” residences.
(Final payment of a $20,000 grant)

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center $170,000
New York, NY

One-time grant to support their model program for psychological intervention in women with breast cancer.
(Second payment of a three-year $500,000 grant.)

Montefiore Medical Center $25,000
New York, NY

To pilot, evaluate, and disseminate the HIV Mental Health Training Project, a model to provide clinical training to psychosocial staff members of inner-city community-based organizations providing HIV-related social services (case management, counseling, etc.) using the resources of academic medical center practitioners.
(First payment of a two-year $35,000 grant.)

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill $25,000
Arlington, VA

A one-time grant to conduct a national study and produce and disseminate: Managed Car for Persons with Serious Mental Illness-A National Report Card, the first ever in-depth evaluation of managed care activities and practices in the U.S. as they affect people with severe mental illnesses.

National Center for Clinical Infant Programs $20,000
Zero to Three
Arlington, VA

To develop and publish Zero to Three: Diagnostic Classification and Intervention Casebook to improve the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of infants and young children with mental health and developmental problems.
(Final payment of a $50,000 grant.)

The Gardner Group, Inc. On-Site Academy $30,000
Gardner, MA

One-time grant to disseminate and replicate the On-Site Academy’s peer-driven and clinically supported model program to assist emergency service personnel with critical incident stress (a “critical incident” being any event in the life of an emergency services provider which has unusually strong emotional impact, and jeopardizes the worker’s ability to function).

Women in Need, Inc.
New York, NY

To develop and implement a research and evaluation component for a new model program providing residential educational and vocational training for homeless women with children (the Sojourner Truth Employment Project).

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