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Hendricks County Trauma Resource Center Partners with the Community Foundation to Offer Affordable Mental Health Services

The Hendricks County Trauma Resource Center is proud to announce the creation of a $71,500 fund at the Hendricks County Community Foundation (HCCF) to help mitigate trauma, provide needed resiliency, and establish healthy patterns of needed care as it relates to mental health and the impact of COVID-19 on individuals and families. Grant funding for discounted counseling will be available for those who live or work in Hendricks County who are experiencing the impact of COVID-19 in personal, financial, emotional, relational, or physical stress. Conversations began in April between the Community Foundation and the Trauma Resource Center to find a solution to the mental health care gap in Hendricks County, particularly as it relates to COVID-19, and ended with a $30,000 grant to support the program. Additional funds were provided by the United Way of Central Indiana C-CERF and IU Health.

“Due to the pandemic and ensuing lockdown, issues like isolation, unemployment, and food insecurity have risen dramatically during the past 5 months. COVID-19 is not just a physical health threat, but a mental health one as well,” says Eric Hessel, Vice President of Programs at HCCF. “We’re proud to partner with the Trauma Resource Center to provide affordable mental health services to those who live and work in the community we serve.”

Five mental health providers are approved to administer care through this grant funding. Those entities are Care to Change Counseling(317-790-9396), Tamara Munoz at Bridge to Mental Wellness (317-830-0408), Lisa Pacheco at Pacheco Counseling, LLC (317-763-2728), Dana File at Own Your Journey Counseling (317-434-1708), and Jennifer Ferryman at Eagle Creek Counseling (317-271-8073). The grant will provide up to 3 sessions of mental health counseling per individual/couple/family unit at a charge of no more than $10 per session. Those who live and/or work in Hendricks County and desire to be a candidate for these discounted counseling sessions will need to contact the approved providers directly and reference the availability of the grant towards mental health counseling.

“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of the Hendricks County Community Foundation, Indiana University Health, the United Way of Central Indiana, and our local mental health agencies for stepping forward to help bring calm, care, and lasting change to those facing mental health challenges during this critical time in our community and nation,” says Jess Holiday, Board Chair of the Hendricks County Trauma Resource Center. The Hendricks County Trauma Resource Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing resources and trauma mitigation for businesses, schools, educators, families, and the overall community. For more information about the HCTRC, visit https://www.hctrc.org . To learn more about this grant opportunity, email hctraumaresourcecenter@gmail.com.

The Hendricks County Community Foundation partners with generous people to realize their charitable goals while addressing community needs in meaningful and lasting ways.  The Community Foundation manages assets of over $18 million in a collection of funds created by individuals, families, businesses and organizations for charitable purposes. In 2019, the Community Foundation awarded over $1.6 million in grants to charitable organizations and scholarships to local students. For more information, call 317-268-6240 or visit www.hendrickscountycf.org

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