Jackson County Community Mental Health Fund Awards $130,000
The Jackson County Community Mental Health Fund continues to support vulnerable residents of Jackson County, Missouri by awarding The Family Conservancy $130,000 to provide mental health services in 2017.
The funds will address the most critical mental health needs for the most vulnerable citizens of Jackson County; where, according to the Health Care Foundation of Kansas City, one in 10 adults has a serious mental illness. Furthermore, in 2015, the Kansas City Regional Health Assessment found that 16.8 percent of the county’s residents were uninsured; and many low-income households are concentrated in urban core areas where the poverty rate was over 40 percent.
“We know that factors such as stress, anxiety, trauma and depression are not only more prevalent in low income communities, but the resources needed to treat these and other mental health-related issues are often inaccessible. Because of this investment from the Jackson County Community Mental Health Fund, vulnerable individuals will have access to the mental health services they need,” commented President and CEO of The Family Conservancy, Dean Olson.
Through the investment, The Family Conservancy will support 260 adults and 160 children seeking mental health services in Jackson County in 2017. Services will include: mental health counseling for adults and children, and school-based case management.
About the Jackson County Community Health Fund
The Jackson County Community Mental Health Fund makes grants to qualified mental healthcare organizations. Services assist our community’s most vulnerable citizens. Abused children, battered women, and homeless families are among those we serve. Without the Mental Health Levy, many would have nowhere else to turn. For more information, visit www.jacksoncountycares.org.