Grants focus on effects of childhood trauma

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s Governing Board approved $3.3 million in Community Fund grants in its second quarter, including several to support mental health services focused on trauma-informed care.

They include:

  • Butler Behavioral Health Services, $32,500 for integrated mental health services in Oxford.
  • Cancer Family Care, $30,000 for counseling cancer patients and families.
  • Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home, $50,000 to increase behavioral health access to Medicaid clients.
  • Family Nurturing Center, $80,000 to launch a trauma-informed model of care for families in the foster care system.
  • Tristate Trauma Network, $40,000 for serving as a clearinghouse and convener to better equip community organizations to respond to needs in a trauma-informed manner.

The foundation’s increased funding for trauma parallels a national movement toward preventing childhood abuse, neglect and household challenges such as domestic violence, substance abuse, mental illness and parental separation.

“Unaddressed trauma can be an underlying cause for many problems later in life,” said Molly Robertshaw, GCF program officer. “If GCF invests in increasing access to trauma-informed services now, those affected by trauma in our community are more likely to have the opportunity to live healthy lives.”

Through its Generous Together program, GCF also partnered with donors to provide a grant to Little Sisters of the Poor for $65,000 to help buy an emergency power generator.

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