The Greater Milwaukee Foundation and the Faye McBeath Foundation have awarded grants totaling nearly $425,000 that will expand the reach and impact of Penfield’s Behavior Clinic, a ground-breaking program serving children under age 6 with mental health challenges.
The Greater Milwaukee Foundation grant of $324,000 comes from the Russell J. and Betty Jane Shaw Fund, supporting critical research in theMilwaukee community. Penfield’s project, “Resolving Significant Mental Health Concerns in Young Latino Children Through a Parent and Child Therapy Program: A Three-Year Study”, will enhance the direct service, training, and research activities of the Clinic with a focus on the growing Latino population in Milwaukee. This project will be funded through the Shaw Fund for the next 3 years and will be supporting additional clinical staff as well as research assistance in the Clinic at Penfield.
The Faye McBeath Foundation grant of $100,000 increases previous McBeath support assisting the Clinic in meeting two key objectives: 1) building internal capacity to serve more children and decrease the waiting list for services – which currently stands at approximately 6-8 weeks, and 2) furthering the development of a sustainable financial model for the program as it continues to serve more children in more ways. This grant will allow Penfield increase capacity while reaching out to additional partners, including schools and other partners, in the community to grow sustainable sources of revenue.
Most importantly, through these investments Penfield’s Behavior Clinic will be able to serve approximately 150 more children – a 50% increase from 2011. It is an exciting time for the Clinic as our evidence-based model has started to gain real traction and recognition in this community. These two investments will strengthen the Behavior Clinic as a cornerstone program at Penfield, further engaging behavioral services in our unique, comprehensive early intervention model.
Please read the press release below, put together with the help of our good friends at Cramer-Krasselt, outlining the grants and their impact!