NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – New Hanover County Health and Human Services has received a 2021 NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Child Health Recognition Award in the Local Health Department category for its work in children’s mental health. The monetary award includes a $10,000 grant.
The School Mental Health Program, which was nominated for the award, currently employs 28 therapists that serve New Hanover County elementary and middle schools. A total of 16 additional therapists have been hired to fulfill the county’s commitment, this year at the direction and approval of the Board of Commissioners, to have a licensed therapist on all New Hanover County School campuses. This expansion has doubled the program capacity to serve more youth and address the stresses related to COVID-19 and its impact upon child well-being.
“We are certainly excited and proud to be recognized with this distinction by the GlaxoSmithKline Foundation,” said New Hanover County Health and Human Services Director Donna Fayko. “Our partnership with New Hanover County Schools and support of our Board of Commissioners has allowed us to provide mental health services for our public schools for the last 14 years. The School Mental Health Program offers services to include individual, family, and group therapy to any student. No student is turned away due to being underinsured or uninsured and there is no out-of-pocket cost to the parents and families, which is such a crucial resource for our community.”
Every year, the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Child Health Recognition Awards Program recognizes the efforts of local health departments, public health staffs and individuals for work that improves the lives of children across the state. The program is coordinated with assistance from the North Carolina Public Health Association.
New Hanover County Health and Human Services is being honored in the Local Health Department category and will receive a grant of up to $10,000 that can be used for special projects, staff development or educational materials. The award will be presented to HHS at the North Carolina Public Health Association Educational Conference in Asheville on April 27-29.
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