Agency is one of only 3% of applicants to receive grant from the Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program (BHCIP)
The Whole Child is proud and honored to be the recipient of a $6.4 million dollar grant from California’s Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program (BHCIP) to construct its Trauma Healing and Wellness Center in the City of Santa Fe Springs.
This groundbreaking mental health and wellness facility will be housed in The Whole Child’s new Homeless to Homeowner Campus, and will be open to the entire community of Southeast Los Angeles County. Serving the needs of children and their families, the trauma-informed, culturally-responsive healing center will provide robust mental health, parenting, nutrition and other wellness support. The center will also address the emotional trauma faced by children experiencing homelessness in our region.
“As a regional leader in children’s mental health and wellness, we know firsthand how childhood trauma and pain can follow children into adulthood,” says The Whole Child CEO Constanza Pachon. “However, we also know that treatment at an early age can have an enormously positive effect, providing children and teens with the tools and coping skills they need to begin their healing journey. This center will be a beacon of hope for our community”, she adds.
The Whole Child is part of an elite group of applicants awarded funding in this round. The extremely competitive process included $2 billion in requests for California’s available $430 million in funding; of 1,118 applicants, only 33 projects across the state were accepted.
“I am SO PROUD of The Whole Child for earning this grant and for having the visionary commitment to deliver essential mental health services to disadvantaged youth,” remarks Gary Martinez, Board Chair. “From our dedicated therapists, case workers, directors, and our esteemed senior leadership, The Whole Child has proven to be a model agency for helping families overcome a variety of crises. We know that treating children’s mental health and wellness challenges is at the heart of building stronger, healthier families, which is part of our mission.”
“This center truly exemplifies The Whole Child’s holistic mission,” adds Constanza Pachon, “We are deeply grateful for the BHCIP for investing in our mission to empower families towards healing, health, and homes.”
The Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program (BHCIP) is funded by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Community Services Division.
The awards are delivered through the Department of Health Care Services’ (DHCS) Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program (BHCIP) Round 5: Crisis and Behavioral Health Continuum grants. DHCS announced $430 million in awards for projects that will increase mental health and substance use disorder treatment infrastructure in 21 counties.
This historic investment, the fifth of six rounds of BHCIP funding, provides grants for crisis and behavioral health infrastructure to serve vulnerable Californians of all ages, including Medi-Cal members.