$1.5 Million will expand outreach and evidence-based services to minority women in Nassau County
Family and Children’s Association (FCA) will be vastly improving the lives of Black and Latina women and their partners in three of Nassau County’s most vulnerable communities—Hempstead, Uniondale and Roosevelt. The newly awarded Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant will allow FCA to reach at-risk women by way of co-occurring mental health disorder and substance abuse treatment, as well as trauma-informed care and primary health care screenings.
The program, called HER TURN (Health Empowerment Resiliency Treatment Understanding Recovery Network), will expand and enhance the trauma-informed and evidence-based Seeking Safety model that has shown ongoing success at FCA’s Hempstead Family and Treatment and Recovery Center. This service will be specifically tailored to consider gender and cultural factors that make it difficult for these community’s underserved residents to find access to quality addiction treatment.
As part of HER TURN, FCA will reach 2,500 more Black and Latina women annually through partnership-driven mobile outreach/engagement activities coordinated with local community organizations who previously would not have been able to engage in such program.
HER TURN’s three year design will succeed through the collaboration of partners including NuHealth Family Health Centers, Northwell Health, The Safe Center, Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC), and the Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD). Additionally, Adelphi University will train all project staff to optimize their cultural sensitivity.
In response to FCA’s latest grant, FCA President and CEO Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, said, “We are honored to have been awarded this grant, knowing that only 22 grants were given out nationwide. As someone who has been deeply involved with HIV/AIDS prevention since the late 1980s, this is a vital step forward to reach the struggling women and their partners who face extreme adversity and difficulties finding mental health and primary care services that could change their lives.”
“This is a natural next step,” he continued, “in helping families get the treatment they need. With the re-opening of the Hempstead Family Treatment and Recovery Center this year, we will continue to work diligently to provide more families access to quality treatment and continue to be there for Long Island.”
SAMHSA is a division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services whose mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
Family & Children’s Association is a nonprofit agency helping nearly 20,000 individuals each year. For more than 130 years, FCA has worked to protect and strengthen vulnerable children, seniors, families and communities on Long Island. Through an integrated network of services and counseling, Family & Children’s Association provides help and hope to underserved and disadvantaged individuals struggling to build better lives.