Grand Lake Mental Health Center awarded $15K grant from Arnall Family Foundation for COVID-19 child welfare response

OKLAHOMA CITY – Grand Lake Mental Health Center was awarded $15,000 in rapid response funding from the Arnall Family Foundation. The grant will be used to address technology needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and its immediate strain on those impacted by the state’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

Grand Lake Mental Health Center currently provides vital crisis intervention and treatment including family support providers, care managers and behavioral health coaches to at risk families. They serve over 4,000 children across 12 counties: Craig, Delaware, Kay, Mayes, Noble, Nowata, Pawnee, Payne, Osage, Ottawa, Rogers and Washington. The grant will help provide families with devices, data plans, specialized software and access to necessary services around the clock.

“Mental illness and substance use are medical issues affecting people across every age, race, religion, gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic status,” said Janette Nuspl, agency development director at Grand Lake Mental Health Center. “It doesn’t matter who you are, where you live or work or whether you have health insurance. Left untreated it disrupts families and wrecks lives. At Grand Lake Mental Health Center we utilize cutting edge technology to provide people with immediate, 24/7 access to a full spectrum of evidence based treatment from the safety of their own homes. Mental illness doesn’t clock out at 5PM, and neither do we. We want to thank the Arnall Family Foundation for supporting us in our ongoing mission to ensure brighter tomorrows for everyone, everywhere, every time.”

The Arnall Family Foundation awarded $298,669 in rapid response funding to 27 governmental and nonprofit organizations throughout the state. The fund was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its immediate strain on those impacted by the state’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Guidelines for the fund requested proposals in three areas: technology, kinship support and informal care options for foster families. 60 organizations serving children, youth and families across the state submitted proposals for funding totaling more than $1 million in requests.

“We were so impressed with how quickly and thoughtfully all of the applicants adapted to ensure they can continue supporting their clients. Communities throughout the state are rising to the occasion to keep families and youth connected during a time when it is so easy to feel isolated,” said Sue Ann Arnall, founder and president of the Arnall Family Foundation. “It was important to us to quickly provide support to these populations that we know are experiencing immense stress as a result of this pandemic. That was our primary goal. But we are also hopeful that some of these immediate solutions will create opportunities for long-term benefits for children, youth and families, well after social distancing is no longer our reality.”

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