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Ken­neth Young Cen­ter Part­ners with Endeav­or Health to Enhance Mobile Behav­ioral Health Cri­sis Services

We are proud to announce we’ve been select­ed as a con­tin­u­ing part­ner in Endeav­or Health’s 2024 Com­mu­ni­ty Invest­ment Fund (CIF). This year, Ken­neth Young Cen­ter has been award­ed $175,000 to sup­port mobile behav­ioral health cri­sis ser­vices, aimed at pro­vid­ing 24 – 7 com­mu­ni­ty-based care to indi­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies in a psy­chi­atric emergency.

Ken­neth Young Cen­ter is tru­ly grate­ful for Endeav­or Health’s com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing behav­ioral health. We’ve enjoyed a long­stand­ing part­ner­ship, and are tru­ly hon­ored to pro­vide life-sav­ing sup­port to our com­mu­ni­ties through their gen­er­ous grant and the 2024 Com­mu­ni­ty Invest­ment Fund”, shares Grace Hong Duf­fin, Ken­neth Young Cen­ter Pres­i­dent and Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer. As we enter our sec­ond year of this project togeth­er, we will con­tin­ue to help indi­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies not only safe­ly nav­i­gate acute cri­sis sit­u­a­tions, but pro­vide them with dig­ni­fied and com­pre­hen­sive care to help them achieve their long-term recov­ery goals.”

Endeav­or Health select­ed Ken­neth Young Cen­ter as one of 43 local orga­ni­za­tions across the Chicagoland area to col­lab­o­rate on pro­grams focused on behav­ioral health, vio­lence pre­ven­tion, hous­ing and food inse­cu­ri­ty, access to care, and work­force development.

Our Com­mu­ni­ty Invest­ment Fund has made a remark­able impact since its launch in 2022, touch­ing over 211,000 lives and sup­port­ing a sig­nif­i­cant expan­sion of behav­ioral health coun­sel­ing, bilin­gual health edu­ca­tion and mobile med­ical ser­vices in our com­mu­ni­ties,” said Kris­ten Mur­tos, Chief Inno­va­tion & Trans­for­ma­tion Offi­cer at Endeav­or Health. At Endeav­or Health, we are not just fun­ders but con­ven­ers, bring­ing togeth­er diverse groups to cul­ti­vate col­lab­o­ra­tion and inno­va­tion. We are thrilled to grow and deep­en the impact of our Com­mu­ni­ty Invest­ment Fund this year, mark­ing a sig­nif­i­cant step for­ward in our com­mit­ment to enhanc­ing health and well­ness across the com­mu­ni­ties we serve.”

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In the first year of fund­ing, Ken­neth Young Cen­ter (KYC) used the invest­ment from Endeav­or Health to pur­chase two vans to be used as safe mobile ther­a­py spaces. KYC was also able to pur­chase and imple­ment a mobile track­ing sys­tem for mobile behav­ioral health cri­sis staff, to ensure their safe­ty and swift con­nec­tion to addi­tion­al sup­port when they respond to calls in the com­mu­ni­ty. Endeav­or Health also pro­vid­ed fund­ing to add an admin­is­tra­tive pro­fes­sion­al to KYC’s mobile behav­ioral health cri­sis teams, ensur­ing that trained ser­vice providers can focus on the crit­i­cal work of pro­vid­ing care, as well as fund­ing the cost of pro­vid­ing care directly. 

Endeav­or Health’s sec­ond year of fund­ing will sup­port main­te­nance and addi­tion­al ren­o­va­tions to the mobile ther­a­py vans to cre­ate wel­com­ing mobile ther­a­py spaces, in addi­tion to sup­port­ing the con­tin­ued use of the mobile track­ing sys­tem. Crit­i­cal­ly, their ongo­ing part­ner­ship will also ensure the con­tin­u­a­tion of the admin­is­tra­tive role and will again pro­vide direct ser­vice to the com­mu­ni­ty, ensur­ing that com­pas­sion­ate and com­pre­hen­sive behav­ioral health care is avail­able when­ev­er and wher­ev­er com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers need it most.

To learn more about Endeav­or Health’s Com­mu­ni­ty Invest­ment Fund, vis­it endeav​orhealth​.org/cif.

About Endeav­or Health

Endeav­or Health℠ is a Chicagoland-based inte­grat­ed health sys­tem dri­ven by their mis­sion to help every­one in our com­mu­ni­ties be their best. As Illi­nois’ third-largest health sys­tem and third-largest med­ical group, they proud­ly serve an area of more than 4.2 mil­lion res­i­dents across six north­east Illi­nois coun­ties. Their more than 27,000 team mem­bers and more than 7,100 physi­cian and advance prac­tice provider part­ners are the heart of their orga­ni­za­tion, deliv­er­ing seam­less access to per­son­al­ized, pio­neer­ing, world-class patient care across more than 300 ambu­la­to­ry loca­tions and nine hos­pi­tals, includ­ing eight Mag­net-rec­og­nized acute care hos­pi­tals – Edward (Naperville), Elmhurst, Evanston, Glen­brook (Glen­view), High­land Park, North­west Com­mu­ni­ty (Arling­ton Heights) Skok­ie and Swedish (Chica­go) and Lin­den Oak Behav­ioral Health Hos­pi­tal (Naperville). For more infor­ma­tion, vis­it endeav​orhealth​.org.

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