OVERLAND PARK, KS – Families struggling with a child's mental illness are already under tremendous stress. The last thing they need is for Mom or Dad to risk losing their job because they have to keep taking time off to take their child to therapy. That's why Marillac is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant of $96,360 from the REACH Healthcare Foundation to expand its Overland Park Outpatient Clinic.

The funding will allow Marillac to increase community access to individual, group and family therapies, as well as expanded medication management services, at the times most needed by Kansas City-area families: after school, evenings and weekends.

“Our new clinic services will mean parents no longer have to take time off from their jobs, and pull their children out of school, in order to obtain vital therapy services,” says Marillac CEO Joy Wheeler. “Even better, at a time when low-income families often face 30-90 day waiting periods at under-staffed Community Mental Health Centers, this grant funding will allow Marillac to offer outpatient therapy within 7 days of referral, regardless of the family’s income or insurance status.”

With this expansion, Marillac, an affiliate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, will offer a full continuum of behavioral health services on its seventeen-acre campus, including short-term hospital care, day treatment, residential treatment, a therapeutic day school and the growing outpatient clinic.

“By expanding our outpatient services, children being discharged from our inpatient units who do not already have a community provider will be able to continue services at the same location, with the same child-centered team, rather than transition to a new provider” explains Wheeler.

In addition to seeing children discharging from Marillac’s inpatient hospital and residential units, the clinic’s services will also be available to any child that needs them. “We hope that by offering time-sensitive, high-quality outpatient services, we are able to help many children avert the need for inpatient care in the first place.”

“Ultimately, this REACH funding will allow Marillac to fulfill our vision of offering a comprehensive continuum of care for the children and families in our community” concludes Wheeler.

About Marillac Since 1897, Marillac has healed the broken hearts and spirits of children in Kansas City and its surrounding communities. Our seventeen-acre facility is a safe haven for boys and girls with special emotional and behavioral needs.   Marillac offers a full continuum of compassionate mental health services including psychiatric hospitalization, residential treatment, therapeutic education, substance abuse treatment and a variety of outpatient services.

Contact: Jimmy Courtice 913.951.4309

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