The Lincoln County Resource Board (LCRB) has approved more than $1.3 million in 2018 funding for local children’s mental health services. The funding will support 12 nonprofit agencies, which provide school-based prevention and early intervention programs; crisis care; counseling; parent and home-based programs; psychiatric services; substance abuse prevention and outpatient services; therapeutic mentoring; case management; and more.
The LCRB receives funding from a voter-approved ¼ cent sales tax allocation. The 2018 funding represents an increase of more than $93,000 in program funding over 2017 and adds two nonprofit agencies to its system of care: Youth In Need and Arise Equine Therapy Foundation.
Nationally, mental health challenges and disorders affect up to one in five children each year, or approximately 13.7 million kids, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The LCRB is charged with implementing a local system of mental health services to meet the evolving needs of our children (up to the age of 19) and their families.
The 2018 LCRB-funded providers include:
Arise Equine Therapy Foundation
Equine-assisted psychotherapy services.
Catholic Family Services
School-based, individual, group and family counseling; psychiatric services; and Love and Logic parenting classes. Catholic Family Services’ licensed therapists provide care to youth and families regardless of religious affiliations.
Crider Health Center
School-based mental health specialists, the Partnership with Families program, in-school early intervention services and violence prevention services.
Respite care for Lincoln County children (infants to age 12) and parent empowerment services.
Family Advocacy & Community Training (F.A.C.T.): Parent peer-support program, helping families with Medicaid navigate health care and educational systems and advocate for children’s needs.
Nurses for Newborns: In-home pediatric nursing, offering health and developmental assessments, screenings and support services for mother and child.
Preferred Family Healthcare/The Farm
Outpatient substance abuse treatment services and substance abuse prevention/early intervention.
Presbyterian Children’s Home & Services
Therapeutic mentoring services.
Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service: Case management and integrated, wrap-around support services to prevent homelessness and hunger.
The Child Center: Sexual abuse prevention and home- and community-based family advocacy and mental health support services.
ThriVe: Teen health and safety program.
Youth in Need: School-based professional mental health counseling.
Children and youth who access LCRB-funded programs report improved academic performance and school attendance; enhanced social and relational skills; healthier familial relationships; increased level of overall daily living functions; reduced law enforcement or juvenile justice involvement; no substantiated child abuse or neglect reports; and reduced symptoms associated with such disorders as anxiety, depression, disruptive behaviors, bipolar, trauma and more.
“Mental health challenges can plague any child,” said Melba Houston, LCRB chairperson. “With early diagnosis and treatment, mental health challenges are very treatable. At the LCRB, we work to ensure that every child in Lincoln County has access to quality, local care to support healthier kids, homes, schools and communities.”
To learn more about the LCRB or to review the current Lincoln County Needs Assessment, visit www.lincolncountykids.org.