Kids’ Minds Matter receives $65,000 grant from the Clark Family Foundation

Kids’ Minds Matter has received a $65,000 grant from the Clark Family Foundation to provide a special vehicle to transport children suffering from a mental health episode. The Kids’ Minds Matter Collier County Transport Project is a partnership with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office, and the vehicle will be like one used since 2021 in Lee County.

“We are grateful to the Clark Family Foundation for enabling us to continue to improve the mental health outcomes of children in crisis by supporting this vehicle in Collier County,” said Alyssa Bostwick, vice president of operations and chief nurse executive for Golisano Children’s Services. “We rely on philanthropic support of the community to continue to make enhancements to children’s services and wellbeing.”

The children transported in the vehicle are under Baker Act, where families and professionals can provide emergency mental health services for people who have been determined to potentially be a harm to themselves or others. In 2022, 377 Collier County children in mental health crisis had to be transported by law enforcement to a mental health provider, most of them are transported from school. When children are transported in a law enforcement vehicle, they are handcuffed and taken to a treatment facility. The new vehicle does not look like law enforcement vehicles but is equipped with safety features to keep children who may be in a difficult place mentally from becoming violent or trying to escape.

The vehicle will also be used for community outreach, special events and education about mental health issues.

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