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.”
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 endeavorhealth.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 endeavorhealth.org.
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