LOHF Awards $27,500 in Grants Locally to Benefit Children’s Mental Health

The Lancaster Osteopathic Health Foundation (LOHF) will grant a total of $27,500 to three Lancaster County organizations for children’s behavioral health programs.

1. Phihaven $12,500 for Behavioral Health Trainings for Pediatricians
Will serve 350 community members with increased access to behavioral health services by training pediatricians on how to conduct depression screenings with children, adolescents, and families.

2. Family First Health: $10,000 for Integrated Behavioral Health using Collaborative Care
Will serve 270 family members and 270 children by embedding and integrating behavioral health into primary care. Funds will help provide a behavioral health specialists in the new Federally Qualified Health Center in Columbia.

3. United Way of Lancaster County: $5,000 for 2-1-1 Resource Collection and Maintenance
Will serve 460 community members with increased access to behavioral health services by expanding the 2-1-1 information and referral call center to include private behavioral health providers such as psychologists, therapists, counselors, and social workers.

An additional $100,000 in grant funds will be available for the 2017 Community Grant Program, focused on improving children’s behavioral health in Lancaster County. Interested organizations can submit applications online until March 1, 2017. To learn more, please visit www.lohf.org/grants.

LOHF invests in partnership with Lancaster County community benefit organizations whose work impacts these areas:

1. Care Coordination: Improve the delivery of children’s behavioral healthcare services

  • Increase access to mental/behavioral health services
  • Seamless transition of services for young adults
  • Coordinate resources to support families in navigating and accessing care

2. Parent/Caregiver Education: Enhance the capacity of parents, families and caregivers through trainings and support

  • Increase competency in addressing children’s mental/behavioral health needs
  • Increase understanding and confidence in parents using strength-based techniques
  • Decrease need for care coordination

3. Access to Providers: Improve capacity of providers to support and treat children

  • Reduce wait times for behavioral healthcare
  • Increase number of children who have and utilize health insurance
  • Encourage well-child visits and preventive care
  • Expand number and frequency of behavioral/mental health screenings in primary care

We encourage you to please contact the staff at LOHF to discuss any questions about your program before you apply. We will be glad to assist you in the process.