Healthy Foundations: Access to Primary Care and Mental Health Treatment

Grant Term: 12 months; Ended 2019
Grant Amount: $15,000

The Watson Children’s Shelter implemented the Healthy Foundations program, a new home visiting program that targets at-risk pregnant women and women who have recently given birth with the goal of preventing child abuse and neglect. Through a newly strengthened relationship with Saint Patrick’s Hospital, Watson Children’s Center was able to expedite appointments for parents participating in the program who displayed emergent behavioral health needs such as anxiety and postpartum depression and even acute mental health crisis. While several options for revenue generation were explored throughout the course of this project, ultimately the Watson Children’s Shelter opted to maintain fidelity to the Health Foundations program model which restricted their ability to implement changes that could potentially lead to new sources of revenue. However, the children and families served through the Healthy Foundations project gained expedited access to needed mental health outpatient services. The program achieved its goal of increasing access to needed mental health outpatient services to children and families, and while establishing a new source of revenue was not achieved, Watson Children’s Center believes the information gained through this project was valuable and may lead to organizational changes in future.

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