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The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts

November 2, 2017 - Worcester Telegram & Gazette - Activation Fund
Health Foundation awards local grants

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By Cyrus Moulton
November 2, 2017

The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts announced nearly $700,000 in Activation Fund grants Tuesday to support a wide range of health-related projects throughout the region.

“The goal of the Activation Fund is to enable an organization to move to a higher level of capacity and to then continue to function at that higher level after the grant ends,” said Dr. Jan Yost, president and CEO of the health foundation.

The following grants were awarded:

• GAAMHA Inc., $98,275 to open a supportive housing program for women in Gardner that will provide housing, a safe environment and case management for women with substance-use disorders.

• The Barton Center for Diabetes Education, $67,000 for a project that will implement electronic recording of data for individuals with Type I diabetes attending its camps.

• Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network, $20,000 to replace the roof on its shelter, which provides housing, meals, and comprehensive assistance to homeless families with children in Leominster.

• Worcester Community Action Council, $62,000 for the Bank On Worcester County project to develop and implement a banking model that brings together community-based organizations, local government, and financial institutions to address the needs of those striving to rise out of poverty and improve financial health. The project aims to to address the high number of unbanked and underbanked individuals in Worcester County.

•Heywood Hospital, $92,976 for the Community Mental Health Center at the Quabbin Retreat project to establish a licensed community mental health center that will offer a full continuum of affordable substance abuse and behavioral health services to youth and adults.

• Abby’s House, $75,000 for a project to renovate its thrift shop in Worcester, which directly subsidizes the Abby’s House shelter, housing and advocacy.

• Advocates Inc., $57,365 to launch a jail diversion program to divert Hudson or Sudbury residents with mental health or substance-abuse disorders from the criminal justice system to the behavioral health system for treatment.

• HMEA, $65,000 to pilot its Autism Advantage at Work program, which will serve adults with autism in Central Massachusetts and help train and retain them in jobs at Dell/EMC and other local employers.

• The CASA Project, $45,600 to renovate a training room to enable remote training for volunteers who serve as advocates to abused and neglected children in the Worcester County Juvenile Court.

• Arms with Ethics, $55,500 for the Worcester Gun Violence Reduction project, which will work with the Worcester Police Department and the Worcester medical community to facilitate temporary safe storage for gun owners to prevent someone with mental health or substance abuse issues from accessing a gun.

• Veterans Inc., $55,800 to establish a Billing and Credentialing Department at its state-licensed Clinical Stabilization Services facility, which provides substance abuse services throughout the Worcester County area. This will directly result in the ability to bill for third-party insurance reimbursement.

The health foundation received 72 letters of intent for the Activation Fund and awarded a total of $694,516, the second-largest amount ever awarded in a single year, according to Dr. Michael J. Mutchler, chairman of the board of the foundation.