Through this open call, the CVS Health Foundation is announcing its Centering Youth Mental Health initiative, a multi-year philanthropic investment to improve adolescent and young adult mental health.
Donor Name: CVS Health Foundation
State: Selected States
Counties: All Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: $200,000
Grant Duration: 5 years
In response to the continuing decline in mental health outcomes for young people ages 12 to 24, the Foundation intends to collaborate with community-based, multi-sector coalitions that are seeking to create sustainable, systems-level improvements in cities or counties.
This initiative aims to bridge care gaps for the most vulnerable adolescent and young adult populations, especially those who identify as female, BIPOC, and/or LGBTQ+; (2) live in communities with limited availability of behavioral health care services; and/or (3) are involved in juvenile justice or child welfare systems. The vision of this initiative is that young people struggling with mental health challenges will receive intervention, treatment, and support services, so that they can enter the next stage of life with optimal well-being.
The Foundation has identified three areas in which focused, collaborative action can result in improved mental health outcomes for young people. Funding recipients will be expected to accomplish at least one of the following goals over a five-year period:
- Access & Quality: Develop sustainable models for delivering culturally responsive mental health care in primary care practices, educational institutions, and other community-based settings, focusing on prevention, screening, early intervention and follow-up.
- Care Navigation: Simplify the process by which health care systems and agencies serving people ages 12-24 coordinate care, intervention, and follow up for those with positive screens or diagnoses.
- Workforce: Increase the number of mental and behavioral health service providers, particularly those who share identities with and the lived experience of youth and young adult populations at highest risk.
Each selected coalition will receive a $1,000,000 award. This award will be disbursed in installments of $200,000 over a five-year period. The Foundation understands that in some cases, the funding required at various points of the project period (e.g., at the launch or at the close) may need to be greater or less than $200,000. It will dialogue with award recipients to determine a disbursement schedule that best supports the scope of work.
Through this initiative, the Foundation intends to fund coalitions in the following states: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia Coalitions based in states other than those listed above are not eligible to apply for funding.
Applicants must designate a partner who will submit the application on behalf of the coalition, serve as the fiscal agent, and receive the funds in the event of an award. This partner must have 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service.
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