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Pawnee Mental Health receives $4,000 grant

BELOIT – Pawnee Mental Health Services has received a $4,000 grant from Solomon Valley Community Foundation to help change the lives of Mitchell County children with Serious Emotional Disturbances (SED)through attendance at S.T.A.R.S. Camp (Strength, Teamwork, Attitude, Relationships, Self Esteem.

Children diagnosed with SED have a mental health condition that substantially disrupts the child’s ability to function socially, academically, and/or emotionally. Children with SED who have begun receiving community based case management services at Pawnee typically experience improvement in symptoms such as anxiety and depression, improved educational outcomes, reduction in law enforcement contact, and improved behavioral health and strengths.

As a component of the treatment received by the children, S.T.A.R.S. Camp completes a void in the treatment plans of the children by providing an overnight experience, opportunities to participate in new activities not readily available within the community, and the chance to meet and interact with new people, both adults and peers.

The camp is held at Rock Spring Ranch. For children age 7-10 years old it runs for two days and one night. For children ages 11-18 years old, the camp is three days and two nights. An average of 120 children attend S.T.A.R.S. Camp and they are supported by 50 staff members each year with an average of 10 children coming from Mitchell County each year.Since 2013, Solomon Valley Community Foundation has built stronger communities and helped donors make a difference through charitable giving in Mitchell County.

Each year, the foundation distributes thousands of dollars through grants and scholarships to nonprofits and individuals. Solomon Valley Community Foundation is an affiliate foundation of the

Greater Salina Community Foundation which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity.

Pawnee Mental Health Services is a licensed community mental health center and licensed substance use treatment center serving more than 7,000 people annually in ten counties in north central Kansas. In these 10 counties Pawnee is the only mental health provider serving the community 365 days a year, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Pawnee is also the only mental health provider who accepts all community members regardless of their ability to pay or status as a client and the only entity providing community-based services to adults with severe and persistent mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbances.

For more information on Pawnee Mental Health services or how you can support its community efforts please visit www.pawnee.org or call Diane Hinrichs at 785-564-1059.

Beloit Call

P.O. Box 309, Concordia, Ks. 66901

Phone: 785-738-3537