Mental health programs get a $130K boost in Ottawa County

OTTAWA COUNTY — A trio of grants to local organizations will help address growing mental health needs in Ottawa County.

The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area announced three grants Thursday, Jan. 18, totaling $130,000 to support mental health services. CFHZ is awarding $60,000 over two years to Mosaic Counseling, $46,900 over two years to Corewell Health’s School Telemedicine Program, and $23,100 to Treetops Collective.

Funds come from CFHZ’s Community Endowment, a philanthropic resource created to respond to pressing needs.

The organization cited data from the county’s most recent Community Health Needs Assessment and Youth Assessment Survey, which showed an increased need for mental health support. According to the CHNA, 19.8% of adults in Ottawa County have mild to severe psychological distress, while the YAS reports nearly one in three teens have struggled with their mental health in the last year.

Mosaic Counseling will use funds to expand its school outreach program in southwest Ottawa County. The money will fund a new position and increase the hours of six therapists at partner schools with waitlists.

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