Our Signature Grantee: UNC Psychiatry Pediatric Behavior Clinic
While funding research continues to be our primary mission, The Foundation of Hope is taking steps to support effective treatment programs associated with mental illness, and in so doing, raise community awareness of mental illness. Our “signature grant” focuses exclusively on young people and their mental health.
The Foundation of Hope chose the UNC Psychiatry Pediatric Behavior Clinic (formerly Wake Pediatric Behavior Clinic) as our signature grant recipient because we have long applauded their unique, multi-fold approach to family health services. The clinic provides comprehensive direct mental health services to under-served children and families. They also provide a training program for mental health professionals.
Finally, the clinic offers psychiatric consultative services to the area’s mental health system, as well as hospital- and community-based providers for children with complex mental health problems.
Over the course of their grant tenure, Principal Investigators Karen Poulos, M.D. and Amy Ursano, M.D. will seek to expand their mental health services—including diagnostic evaluations, psychological testing, and psycho-educational consultation and assessment to children and families in North Carolina.
The UNC Psychiatry Pediatric Behavior Clinic recognizes the importance of family, school, and community, and aids each child’s full potential by addressing their emotional, physical, intellectual, cultural, and social needs. The weekly outpatient clinic provides care to over 100 children and their families; with Foundation funding, that number will only increase!
2017 Heroes for Hope
As a leader in our local and regional mental health initiatives, The Foundation of Hope is committed to funding several community organizations focused on mental illness in children, adolescents, women, and families. Each year we highlight several of these groups for their extraordinary efforts on behalf of our most vulnerable neighbors. This year, we honor:
Vets to Vets United pairs rescued dogs with wounded military veterans suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury, depression, or other mental illness. In 2016, we were able to raise the $10,000 needed to rescue and train four additional dogs to pair with four additional veterans. That’s eight lives changed. Eight lives saved. And it’s thanks to you.
The Chris White Fund
The Chris White Fund provides professional therapeutic and psychological services to severe burn victims dealing with the aftermath of disaster at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC-Chapel Hill. The funds we raise will help support the Burn Center’s outreach and mental health services.
Filling in the Gaps (F.I.G.S.) gives prescription drug assistance and transportation to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured Wake County residents. The funding we provide will enable F.I.G.S. to purchase more medicines in bulk, raising the amount of medicine they can provide while lowering the cost of each prescription.