Funding Will Address Mental Health Needs in Jackson County
Kansas City, Missouri — Research shows a clear correlation between psychological trauma and negative life outcomes, and the harm can be especially devastating when it occurs early in life. The Adverse Childhood Experience Study (ACES) found that survivors of childhood trauma are up to 5,000 percent more likely to attempt suicide, have eating disorders, or become IV drug users.
The Family Conservancy (TFC) will continue to help children and families build resilience and address traumas like gun violence, sexual assault and domestic violence, and child abuse and neglect with renewed funding from Jackson County Community Mental Health Fund and the Children’s Services Fund of Jackson County.
“The crime, violence and tragedy we frequently hear about has repercussions that stretch well beyond its immediate impact. The resulting trauma can have a devastating impact on families and children. We are very excited about this renewed partnership which will allow us to address mental health needs and support the social-emotional development of young children,” commented TFC President and CEO Paula Neth.
With funding of $239,575 from the Children’s Services Fund of Jackson County, TFC will partner with child care centers in Jackson County that serve a high percentage of children who have experienced trauma. TFC’s early childhood mental health professionals will work with teachers and parents to mitigate the effects of trauma through the development of meaningful relationships with families and caregivers.
The Jackson County Mental Health Fund, a long-standing partner, awarded TFC $147,000 to ensure that individuals and families that are uninsured and under-insured have access to mental health counseling.
Learn more about TFC mental health services.