The money comes from the hospital’s annual Community Health Fund.
Christus St. Vincent said in an announcement that it had invited a group of community members from various organizations and constituencies to help review grant applications and make recommendations based on objectives supported by the hospital, as well as on Santa Fe County’s “strategic plan” for health care.
Some of those goals included keeping people suffering from substance abuse or mental health issues in treatment and out of prison, taking care of health needs early to help prevent hospital visits, and caring for the elderly and chronically ill. The hospital plans to track impacts from this year’s grants.
The grant awards are:
n $65,000 to TeamBuilders Counseling Services Inc.;
n $40,000 for transition counseling and $25,000 for a medical respite program to St. Elizabeth Homeless Shelter;
n $85,000 to Presbyterian Medical Services for the Crisis Response Suicide Hotline of Santa Fe, $50,000 for “assertive community treatment” for individuals with substance abuse issues who are often in jail and $30,000 for teen health services in high schools;
n $20,000 to the New Mexico Suicide Intervention Project for crisis intervention and prevention;
n $12,500 to the Coming Home Connection for volunteer in-home care;
n $75,000 to La Familia Medical Center for behavioral health care, prenatal care and OB/Gyn services for pregnant women;
n $41,500 to Solace Crisis Treatment Center for a program called “trauma to resiliency” providing services “to restore strength”;
n $10,000 to Open Hands Inc. for community outreach and home safety services for the elderly;
n $50,000 to Women’s Health Services for an improved chronic care program.