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Adventist HealthCare Advances Mental Health For Children

Story by Adventist HealthCare Staff

In 2021, Adventist HealthCare’s The Lourie Center for Children’s Social & Emotional Health was awarded a five-year, $2 million dollar grant to implement Family Attachment-focused Services, Treatment, & Training (FASTT) in Montgomery and Prince George’s County.

The grant was awarded from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the University of Maryland School of Social Work will serve as a third-party evaluation and assessment partner.

To launch the FASTT program, The Lourie Center will use a hybrid model of in-person and tele-services to address trauma, anxiety, depression, attachment problems, attention deficit, social skill deficits and disruptive disorders in children.

This initiative will enable outreach especially in Medicaid-eligible participants from birth to age 12, with significant mental health complications and their caregivers. The program will especially focus on communities of color and Spanish-speaking families.

The grant will also support workforce development by providing support and training for clinicians, graduate trainees and community partners.

This FASTT program anticipates serving a total of 450 infants and young children in addition to more than 675 parents/caregivers and 450 professionals during the entire project.


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