$47,781 in Grants Awarded; More funds available in 2020

$47,781 in Grants Awarded to

Elevate the Mental Well-being of Youth and Children in Lancaster County

More funds available in 2020


LOHF on Oct. 22 approved funding to four Lancaster County children’s behavioral health programs.


“These programs impact young people who have specific mental health needs, and for whom access to mental health care may be particularly challenging,” said LOHF Executive Director Anna Kennedy. “This grants program is an important part of our strategy to improve access to behavioral health support for youth and children locally.”


Bethany Christian Services – Together Facing the Challenge Project

$8,300 to train and engage 28 staff from Bethany’s foster care and counseling departments in an evidence-based model for therapeutic foster care that takes a strengths-based educational approach with youth. This will prepare staff to train foster parents and additional staff.


COBYS Family Services – Increasing Child Behavioral Health Services through Supervision of Unlicensed Therapists program

$14,081 to provide licensure training and supervision to two new therapists will receive training and supervision towards their professional licenses, allowing COBYS to expand behavioral health services to 40 more children per week.


Mental Health America of Lancaster County – 9th and 10th Grade Mental Health Education

$11,000 to partner with Teen Hope, a program of Samaritan Counseling Center, to expand its reach and provide mental health education to 9th and 10th grade students prior to screenings for depression, anxiety, and suicide risk.


Milagro House – Streamlining Behavioral Health Access: Supporting Women & Children Effected by Trauma and Poverty Initiative

This is a partnership between Milagro House, Clare House, and Good Samaritan Services. $14,400 to restructure education programs serving mothers and children in these shelters, using a trauma-informed approach.


About LOHF Children’s Behavioral Health Grants Program

LOHF’s grants elevate the mental well-being of youth and children by supporting local programs that help us to answer one or both of our two big questions:


  • How can we build the talent pipeline in behavioral healthcare for youth and children in Lancaster County?
  • How will we improve access to mental well-being for youth and children in Lancaster County?

We encourage applicants to replicate existing models that have been successful, and to work collaboratively with others to improve mental health services for youth and children ages birth to 26.


An additional $100,000 in grant funds will be available in 2019. 

Applications for the spring grant cycle are due online Mar. 1, 2020. Tax exempt community benefit organizations serving Lancaster County are eligible to apply. To learn more, please visit www.lohf.org.