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The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts

Grants Awarded to Community Healthlink

Grants Awarded to Community Healthlink$5,530,597
 
Expanding Access to Medication Assisted Treatment (2018)$65,000
Home Again - Implementation, Year 2 (2010)$559,428
Home Again - Implementation, Year 1 (2009)$426,824
Home Again - Pilot (2008)$595,155
Home Again - Program Related Investment (2008)$492,000
Together For Kids - Implementation, Year 5 (2007)$218,680
Home Again - Planning (2007)$132,430
Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative - Implementation, Year 4 (2006)$360,641
Together For Kids - Implementation, Year 4 (2006)$344,218
Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative - Implementation, Year 3 (2005)$398,687
Together For Kids - Implementation, Year 3 (2005)$330,524
Family Crisis Support Worker Service (2005)$21,975
Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative - Implementation, Year 2 (2004)$373,153
Together For Kids - Implementation, Year 2 (2004)$299,484
Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative - Implementation, Year 1 (2003)$398,653
Together For Kids - Implementation, Year 1 (2003)$275,000
Together For Kids - Pilot (2002)$238,745
 
Year:2018Amount: $65,000
Title:Expanding Access to Medication Assisted Treatment
Grant Type: Activation Fund
Community Healthlink will hire a full-time registered nurse to expand access to office-based opioid treatment at the Worcester Counseling Center for patients seen at Community Healthlink's Urgent Care center.

Project Director: Ms. Katie Ricciardi
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Year:2010Amount: $559,428
Title:Home Again - Implementation, Year 2
Grant Type: Synergy Initiative - Home Again
Home Again is continuing its work to house chronically homeless individuals in Worcester. Using the Housing First model, Home Again has housed a total of 71 individuals in clustered and scattered sites in and around Worcester. They expect to house an additional nine individuals during Year 2.

The communications effort has shifted to focus on the advocacy agenda and strategies to sustain the work of Home Again. The key items that Home Again is working on include:
- securing permanent supportive housing resources under the federal HEARTH Act, and
- administrative changes within the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP) so that all chronically homeless individuals, including those who become dually eligible for Medicare, continue to be covered by MBHP.

If the change in coverage for this dual-eligible population and the housing subsidies are secured, Home Again would continue to receive funding for each client and these funds would enable the program to be sustained.

Project Director:    Ms. Brooke Doyle
Fiscal Agent:         Community Healthlink
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Year:2009Amount: $426,824
Title:Home Again - Implementation, Year 1
Grant Type: Synergy Initiative - Home Again

The Home Again pilot project has resulted in 30 homeless individuals (20 chronically homeless and 10 pre-chronic) being housed using the Housing First model.  Of these, 14 were housed in one congregate site (the Lt. Tommy Spencer House) and 16 were housed in scattered sites throughout the city.  In Year 1, Home Again will focus on the chronic homeless population with the goal of housing an additional 20-25 individuals in mostly scattered sites in and around the city with a possible congregate site for 6-8 individuals outside of the City. The evaluation component will focus on the efficacy of the case management services by following up with those who were housed during the pilot project and establishing base line and 6-month follow up data for those who will be housed in Year 1.  This data will form the basis for ongoing advocacy efforts to ensure the continuing availability of rental vouchers and to work toward broader reimbursement for case management services.  
 

Project Director:   Ms. Brooke Doyle
Fiscal Agent:        
Community Healthlink 

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Year:2008Amount: $595,155
Title:Home Again - Pilot
Grant Type: Synergy Initiative - Home Again
Home Again is an initiative to end chronic adult homelessness in the Worcester area.  This model project, which is designed to last 18 months, will randomly select 30 homeless individuals (20 who have been identified as chronically homeless and 10 who are pre-chronic) using the Housing First approach with the goal of keeping these individuals successfully housed for six months.

The Housing First approach puts individuals into housing and provides them with supportive services.  This project will encompass a housing and services strategy along with a communications strategy.  The housing and services will include an individual service plan and will provide a more intense level of services as clients enter the program in order to get them successfully settled.  Services will include help in accessing necessary mental health services, substance abuse treatment and other health services, along with landlord mediation and tenancy skills.  The communications strategy will focus on making information available to the Worcester community in order to address some of the concerns that have been voiced about this issue.

Project Director:  Ms. Brooke Doyle       
Fiscal Agent: Community Healthlink
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Year:2008Amount: $492,000
Title: Home Again - Program Related Investment
Grant Type: Synergy Initiative - Home Again
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The Home Again Housing Loan Fund will be administered by Worcester Community Housing Resources (WCHR), a local nonprofit community development organization with expertise in managing their Community Loan Fund to assist in acquiring and developing affordable housing.  A local nonprofit seeking to acquire an identified property to house chronically homeless adults would apply to the Home Again Housing Loan Fund for a below-market-rate mortgage and/or capital grant.  The Housing Loan Fund is designed to enable nonprofits, who serve the chronic adult homeless population, to provide housing units for homeless individuals whose annual income is at or below 100% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, which is $10,210 for 2007.

The first loan for $492,000 was made to Community Healthlink (CHL) in April 2008 for the purchase of the property of 62 Elm Street, Worcester, to house 14 adult chronic homeless individuals.
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Year:2007Amount: $218,680
Title:Together For Kids - Implementation, Year 5
Grant Type: Synergy Initiative - Together For Kids (TFK)
As Together For Kids (TFK) enters its final year of funding from the Foundation, TFK is focusing on advocacy to ensure continued state support and on research to further document the successful outcomes of the TFK model.  This year TFK will conduct a second kindergarten follow-up study that will include a control group of children who did not receive services, and they will evaluate the differences between using embedded and non-embedded clinicians to provide these services.

Project Director: 
Project Manager: 
Ms. Carolyn Droser
Ms. Lynn Hennigan
Fiscal Agent: Community Healthlink
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Year:2007Amount: $132,430
Title:Home Again - Planning
Grant Type: Synergy Initiative - Home Again
A group of Worcester-based organizations (Community Healthlink, Dismas House, the Henry Lee Willis Center, Jeremiah’s Inn and the PIP Shelter) providing services to the homeless have proposed the CHAIN Initiative, an effort to bring together the community-based health care and social service agencies who serve the adult homeless population to create a broad-based, coordinated set of strategies to prevent chronic homelessness.  CHAIN will work to develop and implement effective homeless prevention models and to identify sub-populations who are at risk of homelessness and create solutions to maintain their housing.  CHAIN also plans to develop effective interventions for the newly homeless in order to prevent them from becoming chronically homeless.  The initiative will also organize efforts to develop broad community understanding of this issue and to engage the broader community in understanding and solving this problem.

Project Director:    Mr. Larry Gottlieb 
Fiscal Agent: Community Healthlink
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Year:2006Amount: $360,641
Title:Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative - Implementation, Year 4
Grant Type: Synergy Initiative - Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative (CAPPC)
Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative (CAPPC) has moved forward on a number of its key goals.  This has involved building and sustaining a comprehensive community-based coalition around the issues of child abuse and neglect in Central Massachusetts.  Thus far, 35 organizations, including state agencies and non-profits, have joined together to address these issues.

The second goal has been the development of programs to prevent the occurrence of abuse and neglect among families and health care professionals.  Activities have included the Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) Prevention Campaign and the Family Outreach Network (FON).  Four hospitals in Central Massachusetts are providing training for parents and other care-givers on the dangers and consequences of shaken baby syndrome.  The Family Outreach Network is operating to work with families that have been identified as in need of support because of child abuse or neglect problems.

Going forward, CAPPC will be focusing its efforts on working with the Children’s Justice Center (CJC) at UMass to explore ways to interface prevention and ongoing treatment components with the existing indentification component provided by the CJC.  The second area of emphasis will be advocacy, finally securing passage of legislation to mandate the SBS education program, and securing state funding to sustain the FON and for child advocacy activities at regional sites across the state.

Project Director:  Mr. Daniel D. Melle
Fiscal Agent: Community Healthlink
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Year:2006Amount: $344,218
Title:Together For Kids - Implementation, Year 4
Grant Type: Synergy Initiative - Together For Kids (TFK)
During its fourth year of implementation, the Together For Kids Coalition (TFK) is continuing to improve the capacity of childcare staff, childcare agencies and families to effectively meet the emotional and mental health needs of preschool children, focusing on those exhibiting challenging behaviors in childcare.  In addition, this year will begin research on the transition of some of these children to kindergarten.  Fifteen children/families have been enrolled in a study to assess the impact of early childhood interventions on the children as they move into kindergarten.  A three-year, $400,000 grant from the National Institutes of Mental Health will support research into the curriculum and teacher and parent education.  Advocacy efforts will include working with the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and other organizations to ensure that TFK has input to the decisions being made to standardize the evaluation and outcomes measures that will be used statewide to monitor mental health consultations.  TFK will also engage in a strategic planning process to begin to consider an appropriate structure for TFK going forward as the Foundation’s funding decreases and other funding sources are identified.

Project Director:
Project Manager:  
Ms. Carolyn Droser
Ms. Lynn Hennigan
Fiscal Agent: Community Healthlink 
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Year:2005Amount: $398,687
Title:Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative - Implementation, Year 3
Grant Type: Synergy Initiative - Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative (CAPPC)
In its third year of implementation the Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative (CAPPC) continues to work to prevent child abuse, and improve the system of care for child victims.  CAPPC will continue to provide short-term home visiting services for high-risk families referred by DSS through MSPCC and the Family Outreach Network (FON); support efforts to lobby for state funding for the Connecting Families model based upon the outcomes of the Brandeis evaluation; provide training on the Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) model to agency staff and key caregivers; expand the Central MA Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) Prevention Model of patient education to St. Vincent and UMass; collect patient follow-up data and develop a consistent reporting format to enable a smooth transition of the program to DPH oversight and statewide implementation during the next two years; continue SBS prevention training-of-trainers with community organizations; move toward program sustainability through support for child advocacy centers, FON, SBS; and continue to promote public awareness of child abuse and prevention.

Project Director:   Mr. Daniel D. Melle 
Fiscal Agent: Community Healthlink
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Year:2005Amount: $330,524
Title:Together For Kids - Implementation, Year 3
Grant Type: Synergy Initiative - Together For Kids (TFK)
During its third year of implementation, the Together For Kids Coalition (TFK) will continue to improve the capacity of childcare staff, childcare agencies and families to effectively meet the emotional and mental health needs of preschool children, particularly those exhibiting challenging behaviors in childcare.  Changes this year will focus on: expanded evaluation with full parental consent for follow-up research into K-1 outcomes; streamlined data collection and reporting to meet third party payer needs; expanded efforts devoted to legislative strategies and insurance reimbursement strategies for sustainability; improved parent communication and expanded parent engagement activities at childcare centers; implementation and expansion of the graduate seminar on early childhood mental health consultation for clinicians; and added professional support and partnership with statewide organizations to advance the TFK public policy agenda.

Project Director: 
Project Manager:  
Ms. Carolyn Droser
Ms. Lynn Hennigan
Fiscal Agent: Community Healthlink
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Year:2005Amount: $21,975
Title:Family Crisis Support Worker Service
Grant Type: Activation Fund
Community Healthlink's Lipton Emergency Services, in Leominster, will establish a Family Crisis Support Worker Service to deliver on-site support services and respite for 150 families (in the first year) to minimize the trauma of a child's mental health emergency during the evaluation and placement process.  The project aims to establish long-term funding by demonstrating to the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership improvements in family crisis responses and a subsequent reduction in acute episodes.  The Foundation's grant supports curriculum development, staff training and evaluation expenses for the project.

Project Director:  Donald Piktialis, Community Healthlink
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Year:2004Amount: $373,153
Title:Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative - Implementation, Year 2
Grant Type: Synergy Initiative - Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative (CAPPC)
Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative (CAPPC) during the second year of Project Implementation, will continue to implement comprehensive programs to prevent child maltreatment, and advocate for a coordinated system of care for victims and their families.  The CAPPC’s Family Outreach Network, a network of agencies offering coordinated support services for families at high risk for child maltreatment, will expand its partnership with MSPCC’s Connecting Families Program, and participate in the statewide program evaluation through Brandeis University.  CAPPC’s Central Massachusetts Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) Prevention Campaign will fully implement the patient-education model at four local birthing hospitals, and expand the program to reach new parents at two additional birthing hospitals.  CAPPC will continue to offer training in best practices for child sexual assault prevention, and expand community-based child abuse prevention education.  CAPPC will continue to advocate for statewide expansion of the SBS program, funding for regional diagnostic and treatment centers in Massachusetts for child victims of maltreatment, and sustainability of the Family Outreach Network.

Partners include:  Catholic Diocese of Worcester’s Office of Prevention and Healing; Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Social Services (DSS); Community Healthlink; Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA); Daybreak at
the Worcester YWCA; Office of District Attorney John J. Conte; Harrington Hospital; Heywood Hospital; Henry Lee Willis Community Center; Massachusetts Citizens for Children; Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC); Milford-Whitinsville Hospital; Pernet Family Health Service; Rape Crisis Center of Central Massachusetts; St. Vincent Hospital; United Way of Central Massachusetts; UMass Memorial Medical Center’s Child Protection Program; Worcester Community Connections Coalition; Worcester Communities of Care; Worcester Juvenile Court; Worcester Public Schools; and Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc. (Y.O.U., Inc.).

Project Director:   Mr. Daniel D. Melle 
Fiscal Agent: Community Healthlink
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Year:2004Amount: $299,484
Title:Together For Kids - Implementation, Year 2
Grant Type: Synergy Initiative - Together For Kids (TFK)
The Together For Kids Coalition (TFK) will continue their project implementation to improve the capacity of childcare staff, childcare agencies and families to effectively meet the emotional and mental health needs of preschool children, particularly those exhibiting challenging behaviors in childcare. Proposed Year 2 activities will include: emphasis on sustainability strategies; replace floating teachers with substitute teachers and an over-time fund; increase Child Development Advisors' consultation time at newer child care intervention sites and decrease time at established sites; create a graduate seminar on early childhood mental health consultation for clinicians; and access to lobbyist support as needed to advance public policy agenda. Long-term follow-up and evaluation with targeted families; referrals to mental health services for children with severe emotional disorders; and strategies to improve parenting-skill development and parents' involvement in early care and learning will continue.

Partners include: Becker College; ChildCare Connection; Edward Street Child Services; Great Brook Valley Health Center; Jewish Family Services; OCCS; Pernet Family Services; Rainbow Child Development Center; Quinsigamond Community College; University of Massachusetts Medical Center Early Intervention; United Way of Central Massachusetts; Webster Square Daycare Center; WAAEYC; Worcester Community Action Council; Worcester Communities of Care; Worcester Comprehensive ChildCare Services; Worcester Police Department; Worcester Public Schools; YMCA; Youth Opportunies Upheld, Inc. (Y.O.U., Inc.); YWCA and others.

Project Director:
Project Manager:  
Ms. Carolyn Droser
Ms. Lynn Hennigan
Fiscal Agent: Community Healthlink
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Year:2003Amount: $398,653
Title:Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative - Implementation, Year 1
Grant Type: Synergy Initiative - Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative (CAPPC)
The Child Abuse Prevention and Protection Collaborative (CAPPC) will implement a program, developed with the support of earlier Planning and Pilot Grants from the Foundation, to prevent child abuse and neglect and establish a system of care for victims and their families.  The Collaborative will expand the Family Outreach Network’s home visiting services; implement the Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Campaign at two hospitals and expand the Campaign to four additional birthing hospitals; explore best practices for child sexual assault prevention; continue community-based child abuse prevention education; and advocate for the establishment of regional diagnostic and treatment centers in Massachusetts for child victims of maltreatment. 

Partners include:  The Catholic Diocese of Worcester’s Office of Prevention and Healing; Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Social Services (DSS); Community Healthlink; Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA); Daybreak at the Worcester YWCA; Office of the District Attorney; Harrington Hospital; Henry Heywood Hospital; Henry Lee Willis Community Center; Massachusetts Citizens for Children; Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (MSPCC); Pernet Family Health Service; Rape Crisis Center of Central Massachusetts; United Way of Central Massachusetts; UMass Memorial Medical Center’s Child Protection Program; Worcester Community Connections Coalition; Worcester Communities of Care; Worcester Juvenile Court; Worcester Public Schools; and Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc. (Y.O.U., Inc.)

Other funding partners include:  Greater Worcester Community Foundation, St. Vincent Hospital Community Benefits, and the Massachusetts Office for Victims Assistance.

Project Director:   Mr. Daniel D. Melle 
Fiscal Agent: Community Healthlink
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Year:2003Amount: $275,000
Title:Together For Kids - Implementation, Year 1
Grant Type: Synergy Initiative - Together For Kids (TFK)

Together for Kids (TFK) Coalition will implement a program, developed with the support of earlier Planning and Pilot Grants from the Foundation, to improve children’s mental health by increasing the capacity of child care centers and families to effectively meet the social and emotional developmental needs of children, provide supportive environments for at-risk children, and strengthen the partnership between parents and child care staff. Together for Kids will provide on-site mental health consultation to child care centers; behavior management coaching and training of teaching staff; family outreach and parent involvement, and a strong program, research and evaluation component. Together for Kids will advocate for public policy and regulatory changes that increase affordable, accessible, quality child care and family mental health services, and expand the availability of mental health consultation in early care and learning settings.

Partners include: Becker College, Child Care Connection, Edward Street Child Services, Great Brook Valley Health Center, Jewish Family Services, Pernet Family Health Service, Quinsigamond Community College, Rainbow Child Development Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School Early Intervention, United Way of Central Massachusetts, Webster Square Daycare Center, WAAEYC, Worcester Community Action Council, Worcester Communities of Care, Worcester Comprehensive Childcare Services, Worcester Police Department, Worcester Public Schools, YMCA, Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc.(Y.O.U., Inc.), YWCA, and others.

Funding partners include: United Way of Central Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Office of Child Care Services.

Project Director:
Project Manager: 
Ms. Carolyn Droser
Ms. Lynn Hennigan
Fiscal Agent: Community Healthlink
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Year:2002Amount: $238,745
Title:Together For Kids - Pilot
Grant Type: Synergy Initiative - Together For Kids (TFK)
Together for Kids Coalition (TFK) will implement a pilot initiative, resulting from an earlier planning grant, to improve children’s mental health by increasing the capacity of child care centers to provide supportive environments for at-risk children and establish stronger links with parents.  This pilot program includes an expanded model of on-site consultation with a mental health clinician; behavior management coaching and training of teaching staff and family outreach and improved data collection.  Along with the work of the Together for Kids Coalition, this initiative aims to generate systemic changes in the delivery of childcare services for children and their families through the improved coordination of resources, training and advocacy efforts.

Project Director:
Project Manager: 
Ms. Caroloyn Droser
Ms. Lynn Hennigan
Fiscal Agent: Community Healthlink
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