Hanover Township Mental Health Board awards funding, bids farewell to vice-chair
The Hanover Township Mental Health Board approved $76,950 in funding at their May meeting.
A capital funding request of $25,000 from Easter Seals was approved to purchase equipment used in rehabilitative therapy for infants and children with developmental disabilities. The Board also approved $15,000 in challenge funding to Easter Seals to hire a case manager at their Elgin location to assist families in accessing needed services for their children besides rehabilitative. Challenge funding is awarded to agencies launching new programs and services for Township residents.
The Bartlett Parks Foundation was awarded $25,000 in capital funds to assist in building a new inclusive playground for children of all abilities in Bartlett Park. This park will be the first in the Township with a rubber surface, allowing children in wheelchairs and walkers to have full access. There will be adapted play areas, including swings for children with additional needs.
Global Executive Services (GES) received $10,000 in challenge funding to bring on a part-time mental health clinician that will operate out of their Hanover Park office. GES serves the Township’s immigrant population with case management services, job training and business mentorship.
The board awarded $1,700 to the Ecker Center for Mental Health to train their staff in Trauma Informed Care. Based in Elgin, Ecker Center provides Townships residents with an array of comprehensive outpatient services for individuals with mental illness.
“While we are always aware of the fragile financial state of non-profit service providers, it is refreshing to see our local agencies expanding their programs to find new ways to serve the community’s need,” said Kathy Biesiadecki, Mental Health Board Chairperson. “The Mental Health Board is eager to work with local agencies to serve our most vulnerable residents.”
Also at the meeting, the board presented Vice-Chair Meghan Nelson with an appreciation plaque for her five-years of service. A resident of Bartlett. Nelson joined the board in 2014 and chose not to apply for another term.
The volunteer board advocates for increasing the availability and quality of mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse services by allocating funds to nonprofit agencies that provides services to Township residents. Last year, the board approved over one million dollars in funds to local agencies.
The Board will meet again on Tuesday, August 27, at 6:30PM at the Township Hall at 250 S. IL Route 59 in Bartlett.
Hanover Township serves over 101,000 residents in portions of the Cook County communities of Streamwood, Elgin, Bartlett, Hanover Park, Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg.
For questions about the Mental Health Board or to learn more about their funded agencies, please call (630) 837-0301 or visit www.hanover-township.org.