By Katilyn Thomas
We’re thrilled to announce a significant milestone in our journey at WIN – the award of WIN’s first federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) totaling an impressive $3 million over five years ($600K per year). This remarkable achievement marks WIN’s first foray into the realm of federal funding, and we are honored to be among the select 28 organizations nationwide to receive this prestigious grant.
Officially known as the National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative – Category III: Community Treatment and Service (CTS) Centers, or simply NCTSI III, this grant is a testament to our unwavering commitment to supporting the mental health and well-being of children and families in our community.
At WIN, our mission has always been to apply evidence-based interventions in the treatment of trauma experienced by children and their families. With the generous support of the SAMHSA grant, we are now poised to expand our impact even further. We will be focusing on two core initiatives:
1. Child-Parent Psychotherapy with Case Management: This evidence-based approach forms the cornerstone of our trauma treatment efforts. By addressing the trauma experienced by both children and their parents, we aim to foster healing within the family unit and promote long-term well-being.
2. Attachment Vitamins Groups: We’re excited to expand this innovative new program designed to strengthen the bonds between children and their caregivers. By providing essential tools and resources, we hope to enhance attachment relationships and create a stable foundation for children’s emotional growth.
While these initiatives take center stage, we remain committed to our existing programs, including Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) screenings and our extensive community outreach efforts. These vital services will continue to play a pivotal role in connecting families with the support they need.
The contract is set to commence on September 30, 2023, and we are eager to embark on this transformative journey. We recognize that acronyms and terminology can be daunting, but rest assured, we are dedicated to ensuring clarity and transparency as we navigate this exciting new chapter.
This federal grant underscores the trust placed in WIN to make a tangible difference in the lives of those we serve. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to SAMHSA for their support, and we are more motivated than ever to continue our mission of healing, hope, and resilience in the face of adversity. Together, we will make a lasting impact on the well-being of our community’s children and families.