In 2015, Price Philanthropies launched an initiative to improve San Diego’s mental health system of care for youth and their families. Our funding concentrates on safety net programs that serve primarily Medi-Cal, uninsured and underinsured families.
We focus in this area because fifty percent of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, with 75 percent beginning by age 24. Unfortunately, the incidence of mental illness in children has increased in recent decades, and one in five children between the ages of 13 and 18 has or will develop a serious mental illness.
The goals of the Mental Health Initiative are to:
Price Philanthropies does not accept unsolicited grant proposals in this area. To learn more about our work or request a meeting with the Mental Health Initiative staff, please contact Sakara Tear at 619-795-2017.
Mental Health Initiative Grants
Rady Children’s Hospital
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH URGENT CARE
Price Philanthropies provided seed funding to Rady Children’s Hospital to establish a Behavioral Health Urgent Care (BHUC) within their existing City Heights urgent care. The BHUC eliminated major barriers to behavioral healthcare by providing walk-in psychiatry, therapy and case management.
PSYCHIATRIC MENTAL HEALTH NURSE PRACTITIONER POST GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP
In partnership with UC San Diego Health, we are helping to establish a first of its kind Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Fellowship program with a focus on child and adolescent care. This program will help address a critical workforce shortage and set widespread standards for clinical training.
SchooLink to Behavioral Health Services
SchooLink is a partnership between the County of San Diego and local school districts to provide behavioral health services at schools. In collaboration with the County of San Diego, San Diego Unified School District and Community Research Foundation, we supported a new SchooLink website and training program to help school staff and behavioral health providers connect students to care.
The San Diego Center for Children’s Family Wellness Center is piloting a new billing and contracting model that allows families in need of mental health services to be seen together, by one provider, without multiple external referrals.
City Heights Masters in Social Work (MSW) Scholarship
A collaboration between Price Philanthropies and San Diego State University (SDSU), this scholarship provides support services and tuition assistance for two students with strong connections to the City Heights community to obtain their MSW with a direct practice concentration. The scholarship was created in response to the need for a bilingual, culturally responsive social work workforce.
Price Philanthropies issued a combination capital and challenge grant to Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital to help renovate and expand their Child & Adolescent Program Inpatient Unit. The project vastly improved the healing environment of this essential San Diego youth resource.