CCDPH awards more than $14 million in community grants for behavioral health interventions – The Southland Journal


CCDPH awards more than $14 million in community grants for behavioral health interventions (Cook County, IL) — Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County Health Chief Executive Officer Israel Rocha, and Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) Chief Operating Officer Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, announced that CCDPH will award more than $14 million in grant funding over four years to expand prevention, treatment and support for mental health and substance use in suburban Cook County.

“[This] announcement demonstrates our commitment to the well-being of all residents of Cook County,” said President Preckwinkle. “This investment in behavioral health as part of our Building Health Communities Initiative ensures we take a holistic approach to healthcare that prioritizes mental health, as physical health.”

Grants range from $250,000 to more than $1 million each and are part of the Building Healthy Communities Behavioral Health Initiative, funded under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

“This initiative will allow us to support our residents, giving them access to become healthy in mind and body,” said Cook County Commissioner Frank J. Aguilar. “By making these grants available to stakeholders and community organizations that our residents know and trust, we are able to reach many of our residents with services they would not otherwise have access to. I want to thank my colleagues on the board and at Cook County’s Department of Health for their support for our resident’s health, both mental and physical.”

Data shows that behavioral health needs have increased globally and in the US. The global prevalence of depression and anxiety increased by more than 25% in the first year of the pandemic. Nearly 50% of Americans reported recent symptoms of an anxiety or depressive disorder, and 10% felt their mental health needs were not being met.

According to the National Institutes of Health, children, mothers and pregnant people, among others, are more likely to experience mental illness or disorders during the COVID-19 pandemic; black, indigenous, and people of color; people with financial or housing insecurity; People with Disabilities; and those with pre-existing mental illness or substance use problems.

“We are excited to work with our communities to meet the needs of our residents and families and chart a healthier path forward,” said Jennifer Brothers, director of the CCDPH Behavioral Health Unit. “We are calling on all eligible organizations to apply. Whether you are a small community organization housed in the basement of a local church, a local high school committed to raising future generations, or a community health center that has been serving the community for decades, we want to work in partnership with you.”

The Building Healthy Communities Behavioral Health Initiative will be built on a foundation of equity and inclusiveness. To that end, CCDPH streamlined the grant application process to encourage all interested organizations and agencies to apply. For those unfamiliar with receiving grants, optional capacity building workshops are offered to familiarize applicants with regulatory requirements and grant application skills such as program design, monitoring and reporting.

Applications are now being accepted through December 7, 2022 and awards will be announced in January 2023. For more information and to apply online, please visit our website at:

CCDPH awards more than $14 million in community grants for behavioral health interventions


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