The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) released School Safety and Security funds to implement projects to address violence in Pennsylvania’s communities.
Mission Kids received $300,000 through the Safety and Security funds to partner with Creative Health Services, Inc. to provide trauma-focused mental health therapists to Montgomery County in order to increase access to quality trauma-focused behavioral health care and linking the community and schools with local trauma support and behavioral health systems.
The goal of this project is to increase access to quality trauma-focused behavioral health care by linking the community with local trauma support and behavioral health systems. This project will provide services in two communities, Norristown and Pottstown in Montgomery County, PA. Mission Kids has identified, with our partner agencies, these two communities as the most vulnerable in Montgomery County. In conjunction with Creative Health Services, Mission Kids will hire two full time, specialized trauma-focused therapists to serve children and families in the Norristown and Pottstown areas.
Mission Kids’ primary goal is to ensure that all child abuse victims in Montgomery County have an opportunity for healing. To further this goal, this project will provide trauma-informed mental health services, which are currently unavailable or extremely challenging to obtain in significant areas of Montgomery County.
Related objectives include:
- Increase access and availability to specialized evidence-based, trauma-focused mental health services for children and families in Montgomery County;
- Reduce the significant waitlist for specialized evidence-based, trauma-focused mental health services;
- Increase the number of children who receive specialized trauma-focused mental health services;
- Provide trainings to school districts in order to link students and families to local trauma support and behavioral health.