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Mental Health Grants For Jacksonville Area Nonprofits Total Nearly $600K

Lefteris Pitarakis
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In this Feb. 5, 2013, photo, psychological well-being practitioner Nabila El-Zanaty talks to a self-help psychological course class in east London.

Eleven nonprofits in Northeast Florida are receiving nearly $600,000 in collective grants from the Partnership for Mental Health. The money is meant to increase access to mental health services and provide behavioral health care. 

One of the first-time recipients is the Steven Cohen Military Family Clinic at Centerstone in Jacksonville.  They were awarded $77,000 to expand mental health support for female veterans.   

Clinical Director Elizabeth Sherr said the clinic will add programs and workshops at its new community facility, which can help about 150 women.

“Coming together as a group that have experienced similar things as women in the military can be very powerful and very healing for many,” she said.

The latest grants were also awarded to:

  • Beyond 90: $100,000 to expand therapeutic services to refugees
  • Steve Cohen Military Family Clinic at Centerstone: $77,000 to expand mental health supports for women veterans
  • Gratitude America: $25,000 to hold a veteran support retreat in St. Augustine
  • Girl Scouts of Gateway Council:  $75,000 – to develop a peer advocate program for girls in scouting
  • MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation: $50,000 – a two-year grant to provide services of a licensed mental health counselor to youth
  • Pace Center for Girls $20,000: to support training for professional staff
  • Pastoral Counseling Services:  $15,000 to support counseling services for uninsured adults
  • Rethreaded: $6,000 to provide Trust Based Relational Intervention training to survivors of human trafficking
  • River Region Human Services:  $100,000 a two-year grant to provide expanded mental health services for African American and Hispanic clients
  • Seamark Ranch: $85,000 to support staffing, training, reference materials and equine therapy supplies
  • Starting Point Behavioral Health:  $45,820 to support expenses related to staff certification in Teen Mental Health First Aid training

The Partnership for Mental Health is supported by the Delores Barr Weaver Legacy Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida and Baptist Health. 
A final round of grants totaling $100,000 dollars will go to small and mid-sized organizations. The application deadline for those is Nov. 15, and the application can be found here.

Michelle Corum joined WJCT as "Morning Edition" host in 2012 and has worked in public broadcasting as an announcer and reporter for public radio stations in Lawrence, Kansas, and Interlochen, Michigan. She also manages WJCT's Radio Reading Service for sight-impaired listeners.