Foundation Grant to Childhaven Promotes Integration of Primary and Behavioral
Health Care for Children Ages Zero to Five
The Cigna Foundation has granted $50,000 to Childhaven to promote the integration of primary and behavioral health care for children ages zero to five. The funding will enable Childhaven to implement a screening tool with Bright Steps and Swedish Pediatrics to identify and refer young children who may need mental and behavioral health care due to trauma and other factors. The Cigna Foundation grant also supports a “family navigator” who works with families and their pediatricians to assess progress and determine next steps.
Childhaven CEO Jon Botten, Program Director Megan Beers and Director of Philanthropy Kristi Nelson meet with Ryan Kocher, President of Cigna’s Pacific Northwest market and Dr. John Sobeck, Medical Director of Cigna’s Pacific Northwest market to discuss the $50,000 grant from the Cigna Foundation to Childhaven.
Cigna Corporation is a global health service company that helps people improve
their health, well-being and peace of mind. Through its operating subsidiaries
it offers integrated health benefits and services, including medical, dental,
behavioral health, pharmacy, vision and supplemental benefits, as well as group
life, accident and disability insurance. Its Pacific Northwest regional office
is located in Seattle.
About the Cigna Foundation:
The Cigna Foundation,
founded in 1962, is a private foundation funded by contributions from Cigna
Corporation and its subsidiaries. The Cigna Foundation supports organizations
sharing its commitment to enhancing the health of individuals and families, and
the well-being of their communities, with a special focus on those communities
where Cigna employees live and work.
Childhaven is excited to receive a brand new handcrafted play structure at its Eli Creekmore Memorial Branch, courtesy of GMC. The structure was built over nine days by a talented team of builders from MoCa Handcrafted, and will benefit the children of Childhaven for years to come.
The structure was built using locally-sourced materials and is already a well-loved part of the Eli Creekmore Memorial Branch playground. The ship includes slides, swings, a sandbox, a toddler-sized climbing wall, and many more special touches to make outside time fun and enriching for children. Continue reading →
Thanks to your support, we were named as one of three finalists for “Nonprofit of the Year” by Seattle Business magazine. The award is part of the magazine’s Community Impact Awards, which honor Washington state businesses and organizations that are making a tangible, measurable impact on their communities.
The award winner was announced at a gala celebration on October 21, 2015 at the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) in Seattle.
The following story was written by one of our developmental testers:
Small moments of hope happen every day at Childhaven, and our staff is always ready to connect with a child. Recently, I was in the front entrance when a large box of brand new children’s books arrived.
There is a girl I will call “Emma” for confidentiality reasons. She is highly impulsive and has a very difficult time concentrating on anything other than art projects. On the day the boxes of books arrived, she was in the lobby when I went to collect my packages. As per usual, she was struggling with following the directions of the adult caring for her. I asked her to come and help me look through the boxes. Immediately we sat down, looked through the books, and picked one together.
We sat on the floor of the lobby, new books scattered around us, and read.
Emma and I were completely absorbed in one of the books, using the pictures to help us anticipate what may happen next in the story. As we were reviewing the pictures to help determine what actually happened, Emma appeared totally captivated, reviewing the events and determining an outcome. I looked up and realized the room was very silent. Looking around, I saw four adults watching and listening to me read and to Emma’s comments about the story. Emma was completely focused. The adults were fully engaged. It was a beautiful moment!
Your support allows for beautiful moments like these to happen every day. Thank you!
Ruth Childhaven Developmental Tester
P.S. Did you know a donation of $5 could purchase several new picture books for our library? Donate now.
Childhaven is proud to once again be one of 12 local agencies supported by The Seattle TimesFund for the Needy.
The Fund has raised more than $19 million over 36 years, 100 percent of which has gone to Childhaven and other local nonprofit agencies that address critical needs in our community. The goal for this holiday season is to raise $1.3 million.
To promote the fund, The Seattle Times will be running stories that tell how each of the 12 organizations make a difference in the lives of local children and families, and the impact donors can make. Childhaven’s story currently slated to run on January 1, 2016.
“Through uncertain times, loyal community members like you have sustained us with your unwavering support and belief in our mission. Thank you for always being there when we need you. We promise to keep you up to date on what lies ahead.”
As another group of 5-year-olds prepares to graduate this summer from Childhaven and move on to kindergarten, I’m happy to report that their bright futures mirror our own.
The Washington State Legislature has stepped in for a second year to help cover a sudden loss in Childhaven’s federal funding in 2013. These state funds opened up additional classroom space for nearly 50 abused, neglected and alcohol-or drug-affected children who need our help the most. We are deeply grateful to legislators who recognize the incredible return on investment our state receives when it supports early learning for vulnerable children.
As appreciative as we are that the state responded to our need with such generous support, this allocation covers just one year. Come mid-2015, we again face the challenge of having to make up this revenue gap. So, we are continuing to seek ways to restore the Medicare funding that has supported our work for decades.
One possible and exciting option is to become a licensed mental health facility, which would reopen federal funding channels and also allow us to expand our services into the community. Childhaven has always been licensed to provide the healing and care our children need to recover and thrive in kindergarten and beyond. Our program leaders and child and family therapists are already licensed to provide mental health services. To officially gain status as a behavioral health agency, Childhaven would need to develop and follow new policies and procedures that specifically guide mental health facilities.
Through uncertain times, loyal community members like you have sustained us with your unwavering support and belief in our mission. Thank you for always being there when we need you. We promise to keep you up to date on what lies ahead.
Childhaven provides a Childhood Trauma Treatment Program for abused and neglected children. The Lead Therapeutic Classroom Teacher (LTCT) is responsible for the oversight of a developmentally appropriate classroom in accordance with this program. This includes facilitating teamwork while planning developmentally appropriate activities to meet the individual needs of the children between the ages of 1 month to 5 years enrolled in this program.