Dignity Health-Mark Twain Medical Center gave $32,000 in funding to the Mother Lode hospital’s annual community grant to Mind Matters Clinic. The funding will support a collaborative effort called the Calaveras Youth Behavioral Health Project to address the growing need for accessible and affordable youth counseling. Targeted to county youth ages five through 17, and the professionals who work with and treat them, the project scope includes providing a series of up to 10 free counseling sessions for children who struggle with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and conditions such as depression, anxiety, and behavioral issues that often accompany these diagnoses.
Through the program, youth will learn expected social and social cues; learn how to interact with peers, parents, and teachers in a healthy way; improve overall mental health, relationships, positive interactions with peers and in the community by learning tools for self-regulation and building self-esteem. The offering is expected to help relieve families who are uninsured, underinsured with high deductibles, and those without access to therapists on their insurance plans. The grant award also provides for MTMC ER staff training on how to recognize the symptoms of mental illness, and social skills workshops for mentors/mentees in the Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program.
Project goals include increasing the number of local mental health service provider organizations as well as access points and available appointments. Brief intervention counseling and support groups will additionally be offered to improve the quality of life for seniors who receive mental health services or participate in older adult support groups.
Founded in 2007, Mind Matters is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization created to fulfill the need for quality comprehensive care for individuals and families who struggle with ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities and related challenges. Mind Matters is based in Murphys, California and provides services to the surrounding communities in Calaveras County.
Founded in 1986, Dignity Health is made up of more than 60,000 caregivers and staff who deliver care to diverse communities in 21 states. Headquartered in San Francisco, Dignity Health is the fifth largest health system in the nation and the largest hospital provider organization in California.
This was reported by myMotherLode on January 29, 2020.
Contact information: Dignity Health, 185 Berry Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California 94107; Website: www.dignityhealth.org