FLINT, MI — The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Flint will soon have a resident mental health specialist embedded in the club’s main hub.
The specialist will help normalize mental health services in the community when the behavioral health office opens in June, Boys & Girls Club CEO Tauzzari Robinson said. Children face several barriers to mental health treatment, including transportation, availability and cost.
“By placing somebody here at the club, we are able to help and provide another resource to kids who are already coming to our facility or are looking for those opportunities,” Robinson said.
Throughout the pandemic, people have started to realize the importance of mental health nationally, Robinson said.
“Our community is no different. As we slowly work towards reopening at a normal capacity, we are equipped to serve those kids who have been isolated and have not been involved with the club during this time,” Robinson said.
The behavioral health office resource is partially funded by a $48,000 grant from The Children’s Foundation. Mott Children’s Health Center is covering the remaining salary costs for the mental health specialist. Jeff House, Director of Child & Adolescent Health Services, could not be reached for comment Friday.
“Now more than ever, resources are needed in the children’s behavioral health space, and we are delighted to support the needs of children in Genesee County through this grant,” Lawrence Burns, president and CEO of The Children’s Foundation, said in a statement.”
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