Triage Grant

Triage Grant Awarded
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We are happy to announce that the CAHELP collaborative efforts between the Desert/Mountain SELPA Prevention and Intervention (PBIS) team, Desert/Mountain Children's Center staff, Marina Gallegos, Sherilyn Wadsworth, and Jenae Holtz, have paid off. We have been awarded the Triage Personnel Grant through the Mental Health Services Oversight & Accountability Commission (MHSOAC). There were only four out of 17 applicants in the state that were awarded.

The grant funds will be used to hire triage personnel to provide triage services to children and youth on school sites who might be experiencing or are at risk for a mental health crisis. This grant will allow triage staff to provide multi-tiered system of prevention, intervention, and triage supports, including preventative supports, early identification, crisis interventions, crisis stabilization, mobile crisis support, intensive case management, and linkages for those children and youth at the school. The staff will also provide trainings to parents/caregivers to provide prevention, early intervention and triage support to the children and youth, including those at risk for or who are experiencing a mental health crisis. CAHELP will collaborate with 15 school districts that house 141 school sites, 10 state preschools, and with at least nine other County and community-based organizations. The triage staff will work on enhancing and building on current partnerships between education and community mental health agencies, coordinate and deliver wellness services to children in the high desert region. The grant will also allow the organization to incorporate Community Services Assistants (peer advisors, parent partners) to the team which will be an integral part of the program for peer and parent supports for those caregivers and families who have a child/youth in crisis or experiencing first episode of a mental health issue.