SOUTHERN ILLINOIS (KFVS) - The Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation recently gave Centerstone of Illinois a $200,000 grant to improve mental healthcare for children in the southern Illinois area.
The grant will go towards planning a mental health system of care for children in southern Illinois for the next year.
Centerstone will be partnering with schools, hospitals, state agencies to develop the plan.
They hope by connecting all these different groups and getting them to work together it will help families better connect their kids to get the help that they need. They hope to help kids up to age 18 in Jackson, Williamson, Perry, and Franklin County.
Depending on how the planning process goes, Centerstone and its partners could receive a second grant next year worth approximately $2 million to help implement their plan over the next 6 years.
Niki Grajewski, a clinical manager at Centerstone, spoke about how she hopes the program will help.
"The idea is really to make sure that, when a child or a family is experiencing any type of mental health concern, that we really have a safety net underneath them so that if something should happen they don't have to fall very far and its not a hard landing, she said."