Community Care Services Awarded $440,000+ grant from Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority
Funds Will Support New On-Site Mental Health Services and Substance Abuse Programs at Six Schools in Taylor and River Rouge, Mich.
LINCOLN PARK, Mich. – March 14, 2016 – Community Care Services (CCS), a non-profit agency established more than 30 years ago that specializes in the treatment of mental health and substance use disorders, recently announced the organization has been awarded a $446,765 grant from Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority (DWMHA).
CCS will use the grant funds to establish school-based mental health treatment and prevention services in six schools in Taylor and River Rouge, Mich., serving students in grades 6-12. CCS staff, which annually treats more than 4,000 local individuals and families, will provide on-site therapy and case management services. Additionally, CCS will collaborate with Beaumont Health’s Teen Health Centers to provide prevention services for the Sixth Grade, Middle School and High School students and their families.
The schools include: Kennedy High School, Truman High School, Hoover Middle School, West Middle School and The Sixth Grade Academy in the Taylor School District, and River Rouge High School in the River Rouge School District.
“Getting mental health and substance abuse experts and resources integrated directly into the physical school space and day is critical for prevention and intervention in kids’ lives,” said Susan Kozak, LMSW, executive director of CCS. “When you’re a pre-teen or teenager, school is your life…you spend more time there than anywhere else…if we are there, on-site, with programs and services that some of these kids so desperately need, in a place they already know and trust, we can really make a positive impact.”
CCS has hired three new therapists, two case managers and one coordinator to implement the six new inschool operations. The program is beginning this month.
CCS offers nearly a dozen comprehensive behavioral health care programs and services at its four Downriverarea locations. The organization has previously worked on a school-based program with the Van Buren Public School District from 2000-2006, providing on-site services at South Middle School in Belleville, Mich.