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Grants Awarded to Centro Las Americas

Grants Awarded to Centro Las Americas$152,050
Reducing Depression Among Latino Elders (2012)$92,050
Clinical Capacity Development Project (2010)$60,000
Year:2012Amount: $92,050
Title:Reducing Depression Among Latino Elders
Grant Type: Activation Fund
This project is for Reducing Depression Among Latino Elders. Centro Las Americas (CLA) will test the efficacy of Behavior Activation (BA) therapy for depression among Latino elders in a community-based setting. BA is an evidence-based version of cognitive behavior therapy which consists of up to 12 one-hour individual sessions. It will be adapted by UMass Medical School for use with Latino elders as part of this project. CLA plans to have 40 elders receiving BA therapy and an equal number in a control group receiving case management services that Latino seniors may receive now at CLA. The goal is to have 20 in each group who are participants in the Latino Elder Program and 20 who are not. This will enable them to evaluate the efficacy of BA therapy in a community-based setting.

Project Director: Mr. Juan Gomez
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Year:2010Amount: $60,000
Title:Clinical Capacity Development Project
Grant Type: Activation Fund
Centro Las Americas (CLA) plans to increase their clinical and organizational capacity to provide quality Latino mental health counseling services. They have contracted with Family Services of Central Massachusetts (FSCM) to provide direct clinical supervision for CLA staff working on case management programs for the MA Department of Children and Families and the MA Department of Developmental Services. FSCM will design and conduct a training program to improve the skills of all direct care and supervisory staff providing clinical and case management.

Project Director: Juan Gomez
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