2000 – 2006 Mental Health Program Grants

2006

Grants Paid During 2006
Including Payments for Grants Approved in Prior Years

Active Minds, Inc. $50,000
Washington, DC
To dramatically expand the network of university-sanctioned, student volunteer-driven, college campus chapters working to decrease stigma, create mental health awareness and serve as liaison between students and the mental  health community.
(First payment of a $85,000 grant)

Education Development Center $10,000
Newton, MA
To investigate, synthesize and disseminate best practices for promoting mental wellness on college and university campuses.
(Final payment of an $85,000 grant)

Herbert G. Birch Services Fund, Inc. $30,000
New York, NY
To create and disseminate the Family Camp Manual. This electronic publication will capture and make available to the field the methodology behind Birch’s highly successful family camping therapeutic model.

Rita Project $25,000
New York, NY
To refine and replicate the Rita Project’s innovative model of suicide prevention and intervention. The model uses art therapy in a studio setting and has three program components: studio-based art therapy services for survivors, preventive art therapy workshops for at-risk groups including adolescents, and exhibitions of participants work.
(Second payment of a $75,000 grant)

2005

Grants Paid During 2005
Including Payments for Grants Approved in Prior Years

Education Development Center $35,000
Newton, MA
To investigate, synthesize and disseminate best practices for promoting mental wellness on college and university campuses.
(Second  payment of an $85,000 grant)

Manchester Health Center for Greater Manchester $20,000
Manchester, NH
To develop a replicable model for integrating naturopathic medicine into the system of mental health services offered in a community mental health program.
(Final payment of a $40,000 grant)

Rita Project $30,000
New York, NY
To refine and replicate the Rita Project’s innovative model of suicide prevention and intervention. The model uses art therapy in a studio setting and has three program components: studio-based art therapy services for survivors, preventive art therapy workshops for at-risk groups including adolescents, and exhibitions of participants work.
(First payment of a $75,000 grant)

2004

Grants Paid During 2004
Including Payments for Grants Approved in Prior Years

Center for Public Representation $5,000
Northampton, MA
To support “Emergency Rooms in Crisis: Problems Solutions and Transformation, a system reform and education initiative on behalf of the three million individuals with psychiatric disabilities who seek help in emergency departments across the country every year. This is a collaborative project to develop best practices and raise the standards of care in emergency rooms for this population. A national panel of experts will be formed to advise on the project.
(Final payment of a $65,000 grant)

Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation $20,000
Wilmette, IL
To develop the pilot “Virtual Community Center” website into a fully operational, highly interactive site addressing the needs of bipolar children and their families with the capacity to serve the soaring demand for information and services.
(Final payment of a $50,000 grant)

Darkness to Light $10,000
Charleston, SC
To create Darkness to Light’s Online Professional Education and Credentials Project to provide professional and volunteer staff of national and state-based youth organizations with training to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
(Final payment of a $40,000 grant)

Education Development Center $40,000
Newton, MA
To investigate, synthesize and disseminate best practices for promoting mental wellness on college and university campuses.
(First payment of an $85,000 grant)

Icarus Project of FJC $45,000
New York, NY
To refine and nationally disseminate the Icarus project’s model of peer-based mental health support groups and community outreach for youth and underserved populations.
(First payment of a $75,000 grant; $35,000 in year two is contingent)

InterVol $15,000
Rochester, NY
To support the replication of InterVol’s medical waste reduction program throughout the United States. The program operates in two ways: reduction of waste through education and reduction through the collection and redistribution of supplies and equipment disposed of due to regulation or obsolescence.
(Final Payment of a $60,000 grant)

Manchester Health Center for Greater Manchester $20,000
Manchester, NH
To develop a replicable model for integrating naturopathic medicine into the system of mental health services offered in a community mental health program.
(First payment of a $40,000 grant)

Medicare Rights Center $20,000
New York, NY
By addressing a series of administrative issues under the authority of CMS (the agency within the US Dept. of Health and Human Services that runs the Medicare and Medicaid programs) the Medicare Rights Center hopes to increase mental health care services for individuals with mental health care needs whose Medicare coverage provides mental health services that the individual does not receive.
(Final payment of a $55,000 grant)

2003

Grants Paid During 2003
Including Payments for Grants Approved in Prior Years

Brown University $250,000
Providence, RI
To support the Brain Science Program at Brown University. This will establish the “Ittleson Flexible Research Fund” to facilitate new, cutting edge research that will contribute to the advancement of fields as diverse as mental health, alternative medicine, industry and education. The Fund will support undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research in brain imaging by providing resources for the operation of a Magnetic Resonance Imaging unit-the new technology that has radically altered our ability to investigate the function of the living human brain during its most fascinating operations, including thinking, speaking, understanding, remembering, and planning.
(Final payment of a $1,000,000 grant)

Center for Court Innovation $20,000
Fund for the City of New York
New York, NY
To set-up, evaluate and disseminate a new model specialized problem-solving court, the Mental Health Court. This demonstration project seeks to address the problem of mentally ill defendants cycling through the criminal justice system. The Mental Health Court will use the court’s authority to link mentally ill offenders to treatment, stabilizing their illness and preventing their return to the criminal justice system.
(Final payment of a $60,000 grant)

Center for Public Representation $10,000
Northampton, MA
To support “Emergency Rooms in Crisis: Problems Solutions and Transformation, a system reform and education initiative on behalf of the three million individuals with psychiatric disabilities who seek help in emergency departments across the country every year. This is a collaborative project to develop best practices and raise the standards of care in emergency rooms for this population. A national panel of experts will be formed to advise on the project.
(Second payment of a $65,000 grant)

Darkness to Light $30,000
Charleston, SC
To create Darkness to Light’s Online Professional Education and Credentials Project to provide professional and volunteer staff of national and state-based youth organizations with training to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.
(First payment of a $40,000 grant)

Families Involved Together, Inc. $5,000
Baltimore, MD
To refine and nationally replicate Parent Connections their model peer support program that links specially selected and trained parents who have already raised children with serious emotional disorders to parents who have children aged 6 to 16 dealing with similar problems.
(Final payment of a $95,000 grant)

Generation Five $15,000
San Francisco Womens Center, Inc.
San Francisco, CA
To launch Generation Five’s National Community Response Initiative, a model program to support survivors and prior offenders of child sexual abuse, affected families, professionals, government, policy makes, and activists in developing and implementing community-based model programs to prevent and reduce the impact of child sexual abuse.
(Final payment of a $75,000 grant)

InterVol $45,000
Rochester, NY
To support the replication of InterVol’s medical waste reduction program throughout the United States. The program operates in two ways: reduction of waste through education and reduction through the collection and redistribution of supplies and equipment disposed of due to regulation or obsolescence.
(First Payment of a $60,000 grant)

McLean Hospital $30,000
Belmont, MA
To help disseminate RALLY (Responsive Advocacy for Life and Learning in Youth) an innovative, flexible, low-cost model for delivering preventive support and intervention services to vulnerable youth. The key to the RALLY model is the creation and placement of a new professional a “prevention practitioner” who is housed in the classroom to identify and assist children who show signs of psychological problems.
(Final payment of an $80,000 grant)

Medicare Rights Center $35,000
New York, NY
By addressing a series of administrative issues under the authority of CMS (the agency within the US Dept. of Health and Human Services that runs the Medicare and Medicaid programs) the Medicare Rights Center hopes to increase mental health care services for individuals with mental health care needs whose Medicare coverage provides mental health services that the individual does not receive.
(First payment of a $55,000 grant)

Urban Justice Center $20,000
New York, NY
To launch 300,000 Mothers, a project to provide advocacy training, leadership development and support to families of prisoners with mental illness. The project will build a network of the families of those in the criminal justice system with mental illness, provide them individualized advice and support and mobilize a national campaign for funding and laws to improve the lives of people with psychiatric disabilities in the criminal justice system.
(Final payment of a $50,000 grant)

2002

Grants Paid During 2002
Including Payments for Grants Approved in Prior Years

Brown University $250,000
Providence, RI

To support the Brain Science Program at Brown University. This will establish the “Ittleson Flexible Research Fund” to facilitate new, cutting edge research that will contribute to the advancement of fields as diverse as mental health, alternative medicine, industry and education. The Fund will support undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research in brain imaging by providing resources for the operation of a Magnetic Resonance Imaging unit-the new technology that has radically altered our ability to investigate the function of the living human brain during its most fascinating operations, including thinking, speaking, understanding, remembering, and planning.
(Third payment of a $1,000,000 grant)

Center for Court Innovation $20,000
Fund for the City of New York
New York, NY

To set-up, evaluate and disseminate a new model specialized problem-solving court, the Mental Health Court. This demonstration project seeks to address the problem of mentally ill defendants cycling through the criminal justice system. The Mental Health Court will use the court’s authority to link mentally ill offenders to treatment, stabilizing their illness and preventing their return to the criminal justice system.
(Second payment of a $60,000 grant)

Center for Public Representation $50,000
Northampton, MA
To support “Emergency Rooms in Crisis: Problems Solutions and Transformation, a system reform and education initiative on behalf of the three million individuals with psychiatric disabilities who seek help in emergency departments across the country every year. This is a collaborative project to develop best practices and raise the standards of care in emergency rooms for this population. A national panel of experts will be formed to advise on the project.
(First payment of a $65,000 grant)

Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation $30,000
Wilmette, IL
To develop the pilot “Virtual Community Center” website into a fully operational, highly interactive site addressing the needs of bipolar children and their families with the capacity to serve the soaring demand for information and services.
(First payment of a $50,000 grant)

Families Involved Together $15,000
Baltimore, MD
To refine and nationally replicate Parent Connections their model peer support program that links specially selected and trained parents who have already raised children with serious emotional disorders to parents who have children aged 6 to 16 dealing with similar problems.
(Second payment of a $95,000 grant)

Generation Five $60,000
San Francisco Womens Center, Inc.
San Francisco, CA
To launch Generation Five’s National Community Response Initiative, a model program to support survivors and prior offenders of child sexual abuse, affected families, professionals, government, policy makes, and activists in developing and implementing community-based model programs to prevent and reduce the impact of child sexual abuse.
(First payment of a $75,000 grant)

McLean Hospital $50,000
Belmont, MA
To help disseminate RALLY (Responsive Advocacy for Life and Learning in Youth) an innovative, flexible, low-cost model for delivering preventive support and intervention services to vulnerable youth. The key to the RALLY model is the creation and placement of a new professional a “prevention practitioner” who is housed in the classroom to identify and assist children who show signs of psychological problems.
(First payment of an $80,000 grant)

Urban Justice Center $30,000
New York, NY
To launch 300,000 Mothers, a project to provide advocacy training, leadership development and support to families of prisoners with mental illness. The project will build a network of the families of those in the criminal justice system with mental illness, provide them individualized advice and support and mobilize a national campaign for funding and laws to improve the lives of people with psychiatric disabilities in the criminal justice system.
(First payment of a $50,000 grant)

Variety Child Learning $25,000
Syosset, NY
Seed money to help put in place a national training and dissemination program to teach early childhood personnel in a proven approach that helps young children (birth to eight) with behavioral, learning, and language problems catch up with their typically developing peers.
(Final payment of a $60,000 grant)

Virginia Commonwealth University $15,000
Richmond, VA
To support the project entitled “Best Practices for Clinical Social Workers in Psychopharmacotherapy.” This project seeks to improve the quality of contemporary mental health practice by improving the knowledge of social workers regarding the use of psychiatric medication. Based on real-life experiences of social workers, physicians and clients with respect to psychiatric medication and collaboration, which will be gathered through focus groups and a national survey. The project will develop and disseminate “best practices” related to clinical practice and psychopharmacology.
(Final payment of an $80,000 grant)

2001

Grants Paid During 2001
Including Payments for Grants Approved in Prior Years

Brown University $250,000
Providence, RI

To support the Brain Science Program at Brown University. This will establish the “Ittleson Flexible Research Fund” to facilitate new, cutting edge research that will contribute to the advancement of fields as diverse as mental health, alternative medicine, industry and education. The Fund will support undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research in brain imaging by providing resources for the operation of a Magnetic Resonance Imaging unit-the new technology that has radically altered our ability to investigate the function of the living human brain during its most fascinating operations, including thinking, speaking, understanding, remembering, and planning.
(Second payment of a $1,000,000 grant)

Center for Court Innovation $30,000
Fund for the City of New York
New York, NY

To set-up, evaluate and disseminate a new model specialized problem-solving court, the Mental Health Court. This demonstration project seeks to address the problem of mentally ill defendants cycling through the criminal justice system. The Mental Health Court will use the court’s authority to link mentally ill offenders to treatment, stabilizing their illness and preventing their return to the criminal justice system.
(First payment of a $60,000 grant)

Center for Preventive Psychiatry $20,000
White Plains, NY
To establish the Center’s Early Childhood Consultation Service (ECC) as a regional and national training and technical assistance resource. ECC works directly with early childhood centers, including Head Start programs, to provide those working in such settings and parents, interactive mental health training to further early intervention and prevention strategies.
(First payment of a $60,000 grant)

Families Involved Together, Inc. $75,000
Baltimore, MD

To refine and nationally replicate Parent Connections their model peer support program that links specially selected and trained parents who have already raised children with serious emotional disorders to parents who have children aged 6 to 16 dealing with similar problems.
(First payment of a $95,000 grant)

Harm Reduction Therapy Center $20,000
(formerly Addiction Treatment Alternatives)
San Francisco, CA
To launch the Harm Reduction Therapy Center. The Center will be the first clinic in this country to use Harm Reduction Psycho-therapy to treat dual diagnosis (co-existing mental illness and substance abuse), document its effect, teach its methods,, and serve as a national model of treatment effectively engaging this underserved dually diagnosed population.
(Final payment of a $100,000 grant)

INCube, Inc. $15,000
New York, NY
To launch the “Train-the-Trainer” program which will disseminate the model program of helping people with psychiatric disabilities overcome barriers to self-sufficiency and employment through the development or incubation of small business and self-employment options. A manual, a series of training workshops and follow-up technical assistance will lead to the replication of this model.
(Final payment of a $65,000 grant)

Variety Child Learning $35,000
Syosset, NY
Seed money to help put in place a national training and dissemination program to teach early childhood personnel in a proven approach that helps young children (birth to eight) with behavioral, learning, and language problems catch up with their typically developing peers.
(First payment of a $60,000 grant)

Virginia Commonwealth University $25,000
Richmond, VA
To support the project entitled “Best Practices for Clinical Social Workers in Psychopharmacotherapy.” This project seeks to improve the quality of contemporary mental health practice by improving the knowledge of social workers regarding the use of psychiatric medication. Based on real-life experiences of social workers, physicians and clients with respect to psychiatric medication and collaboration, which will be gathered through focus groups and a national survey. The project will develop and disseminate “best practices” related to clinical practice and psychopharmacology.
(Second payment of an $80,000 grant)

SPECIAL ONE-TIME 9/11 EMERGENCY GRANTS

Healing Works $15,000
New York, NY
To provide shot-term emergency and longer-term follow-up responses to the extraordinary mental health needs crated by the events of September 11, 2001.

Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research $20,000
New York, NY
In support of a special training conference drawing on the expertise of analysts internationally who have had experience working in terrorized countries and with adults and children who  have been traumatized or are living in traumatic situations.

New York City Police Foundation, Inc. $10,000
New York, NY
For the Heroes Fund to support the development and implementation of post-trauma education and treatment for the entire New York City Police Department.

New York  Firefighters 9/11 Disaster Relief Fund $10,000
New York, NY
To help the Counseling Service Unit provide for the mental health needs of the families of those who perished at the World Trade Center as well as the needs of the surviving members and their families.

St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Centers of Ne York City $25,000
New York, NY
To provide emergency and on-going trauma and grief counseling for the families of those killed in the September 11, 2001 tragedy as well as to rescue workers, employees of the World Trade Center companies paramedics, school children and personnel from schools in Lower Manhattan and in the surrounding counties where many of the deceased lived.

SoHo Partnership $1,500
New York, NY
To support the Partnership’s program for the recovering homeless population in this neighborhood whose economy was devastated by the events of September 11th by providing both shot-term work and a systemic training program (Project Comeback) to teach the job and life skills necessary to gain full-time employment and ultimately a permanent home.

TriBeCa Partnership $1,500
New York, NY
To support the Partnership’s program for the recovering homeless population in this neighborhood whose economy was devastated by the events of September 11th by providing both shot-term work and a systemic training program (Project Comeback) to teach the job and life skills necessary to gain full-time employment and ultimately a permanent home.

2000

Grants Paid During 2000
Including Payments for Grants Approved in Prior Years

Addiction Treatment Alternatives $80,000
San Francisco, CA

To launch the Harm Reduction Therapy Center. The Center will be the first clinic in this country to use Harm Reduction Psycho-therapy to treat dual diagnosis (co-existing mental illness and substance abuse), document its effect, teach its methods,, and serve as a national model of treatment effectively engaging this underserved dually diagnosed population.
(First payment of a $100,000 grant)

Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture $10,000
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.
(Final payment of a $40,000 grant)

La Bodega de la Familia $40,000
Vera Institute of Justice
New York, NY

To organize, expand, and become a new national not-for-profit known as Family Justice, Inc. dedicated to the application and dissemination of best practices in using family supports to improve the success of offenders supervised in the community, a very large percentage of which are dealing with one or more serious medical and mental health issues.

Brown University $250,000
Providence, RI

To support the Brain Science Program at Brown University. This will establish the “Ittleson Flexible Research Fund” to facilitate new, cutting edge research that will contribute to the advancement of fields as diverse as mental health, alternative medicine, industry and education. The Fund will support undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research in brain imaging by providing resources for the operation of a Magnetic Resonance Imaging unit-the new technology that has radically altered our ability to investigate the function of the living human brain during its most fascinating operations, including thinking, speaking, understanding, remembering, and planning.
(First payment of a $1,000,000 grant)

The Center for Preventive Psychiatry $40,000
White Plain, NY

To establish the Center’s Early Childhood Consultation Service (ECC) as a regional and national training and technical assistance resource. ECC works directly with early childhood centers, including Head Start programs, to provide those working in such settings and parents, interactive mental health training to further early intervention and prevention strategies.
(First payment of a $60,000 grant)

Compeer, Inc. $10,000
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.
(Final payment of a $40,000 grant)

Edgewood Center for Children and Families $25,000
San Francisco, CA
To pilot, test and disseminate the Kinship Mental Health Program, a model of mental health services for children in kinship care.  (Final payment of a $70,000 grant)

The Foundation for Integrative Medicine $20,000
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.
(Final payment of a $55,000 grant)

Herbert G. Birch Services $5,000
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.
(Final payment of a $45,000 grant)

INCube, Inc. $50,000
New York, NY
To launch the “Train-the-Trainer” program which will disseminate the model program of helping people with psychiatric disabilities overcome barriers to self-sufficiency and employment through the development or incubation of small business and self-employment options. A manual, a series of training workshops and follow-up technical assistance will lead to the replication of this model.
(First payment of a $65,000 grant)

Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law $5,000
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.
(Final payment of a $45,000 grant)

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center $50,000
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 illnesses. This project builds on our previous grant which crated a Model Psychological Support Program for Women with  Breast Cancer.
(Final payment of a $300,000 grant)

Virginia Commonwealth University $40,000
Richmond, VA
To support the project entitled “Best Practices for Clinical Social Workers in Psychopharmacotherapy.” This project seeks to improve the quality of contemporary mental health practice by improving the knowledge of social workers regarding the use of psychiatric medication. Based on real-life experiences of social workers, physicians and clients with respect to psychiatric medication and collaboration, which will be gathered through focus groups and a national survey. The project will develop and disseminate “best practices” related to clinical practice and psychopharmacology.
(First payment of an $80,000 grant)

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Ittleson Foundation, Inc.
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