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District 204 Awarded $500,000 Grant to Support the Creation of Mental Health Clinics

Reported by on 7/20/22

Indian Prairie School District 204 was recently named one of fourteen recipients of a grant from Edward-Elmhurst Health through the first distribution from its Community Investment Fund.

Community organizations were selected based on alignment with Edward-Elmhurst Health’s Community Investment Fund objectives – health equity, social determinants of health, and community economic security. Indian Prairie and other Edward-Elmhurst partner organizations are working to address priority areas of need, including healthcare access, navigation, literacy and equity— food insecurity— housing— job creation and career development— and mental health and substance abuse disorders.

Superintendent Dr. Adrian Talley indicated that District 204 will use the funds in the 2022-23 school year to support student and family mental health needs through expanded mental health services.

“We are extremely pleased that Edward-Elmhurst Health Community Investment Fund awarded Indian Prairie School District 204 $500,000 which will be used to support Mental Health,” said Talley. “Specifically, this funding will be used to provide mental health support to children and families through the creation of Mental Health Clinics. Services will be provided after school and on the weekend. IPSD has been committed and continues to be committed in supporting mental health. This grant expands the type of mental health support we will have available for our children and families.”

Indian Prairie joined 45 other organizations in submitting proposals to Edward-Elmhurst Health, requesting a total of $21 million for their grants. Edward-Elmhurst Health Community Investment Fund awarded $4 million to fourteen organizations. District 204’s grant of $500,000 was the highest grant of those that were awarded.

District 204 would like to extend a special thank you to the Indian Prairie staff members who worked tirelessly to prepare a well-written and compelling grant application. They were Dr. Tara Bell, Instructional Specialist— Dawn Forkner, Coordinator of SEL and Wellness— Candy Michelli, Director of Professional Development— and Jason Gussman, Assessment Specialist.

For more information about Edward-Elmhurst’s Community Investment Fund partners, visit https://www.eehealth.org/about-us/community-investment-fund.