Non-profit groups in north-central West Virginia enhance the health and well being of children, adults and families with surprisingly few resources and little fanfare. Chestnut Ridge Center, the behavioral medicine treatment center of West Virginia University Healthcare, will award grants to eight of these non-profit groups at a luncheon on Monday,
June 14.

The grants range from $350 to $1000. Chestnut Ridge’s grassroots grants program is designed to act as a catalyst for agencies to try new programs in order to enhance their services in the areas of mental health, substance abuse prevention and family preservation.

This year’s recipients and their projects are:

Christian Help Inc. – to assist with the startup of an employment support and educational program called “Breaking the Cycle of Poverty NOW

Family Leadership First – to assist with funding for a one-day conference for families in September

Milan Puskar Health Right – to print educational brochures that provide information to clients about recognizing risk factors, distinguishing between the types of depression and using referral services

Monongalia County Child Advocacy Center – to provide a parent education program to teach body and Internet safety

Monongalia County Starting Points – to provide “Conscious Discipline” training

On Eagles’ Wings Therapeutic Riding Center – to assist in supporting a summer horsemanship camp for people with disabilities

Visiting Homemaker Service Inc. – to provide training for homemaker/home health aides to improve their skills in caring for clients with mental health needs

West Virginia Family Grief Center – to purchase counseling resources designed to address the behavioral, social and emotional needs of grieving children

Chestnut Ridge Center is a leading regional referral center for treatment of psychiatric illnesses and addictions for children, adolescents and adults. The 70-bed facility is staffed by psychiatrists, psychologists and other professionals. It offers a continuum of care through inpatient, partial hospitalization, outpatient and residential treatment services. The Center is part of West Virginia University Healthcare and is affiliated with the Department of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. The hospital is located on the campus of the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center in Morgantown.

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