Placer Community Foundation recently made $250,000 in grants for mental health prevention and early intervention in Placer County. Grants of $50,000 each were awarded to five local nonprofits that provide services to youth and families. This funding will allow the organizations to provide varied mental health services, including court advocates for foster children, mentors for fathers of at-risk children, counseling for birth families recently reunited with their children, support and services for mental illness within the Placer Native community, and intervention for teens exposed to, and at risk for, drug abuse.

This funding was made available through a partnership with the County of Placer Department of Health and Human Services and the Mental Health Services Act. The grantees are: Child Advocates of Placer County – CASA Expansion Project, Lilliput Children’s Services – Home to Stay, KidsFirst- Supporting Fathers, Community Recovery Resource – Full Circle Student and Family Support Program, Sierra Native Alliance – Native Community: Early-Onset Mental Health Services.

These grants are impacting local people by providing a safe space for them to work through issues affecting mental health. KidsFirst’s program serves single fathers and one participant shared, “The Forever Fathers program is a great place for men to come together and openly talk and discuss parenting and relationships. I come to the meetings voluntarily and find that I am not alone in the struggles that life throws out. The speaker/programs we have had are always professional as well as helpful. They cover a wide array of issues that different men may have.”

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