MI-AIMH partnered with the Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency to apply for grant funds that will support the development an infant mental health training curriculum for specialists in the coming year. This training curriculum will be designed specifically to support professionals who are Infant Family Specialists (Level II) and wish to strengthen skills toward becoming Infant Mental Health Specialists (Level III).
ETHEL AND JAMES FLINN FOUNDATION
ANNOUNCES SEPTEMBER 2011 GRANTS
TOTALING $1.7 MILLION
At its September 13, 2011 Board of Trustees meeting, the Foundation
awarded 29 grants totaling $1.7 million to the following mental
health organizations listed by program area:
INTEGRATED CARE: To advance the integration of behavioral health
services into primary care settings (health clinics, primary care
providers, school-based health clinics) three one-year continuation
grants totaling $300,000 were awarded to existing integrated care
Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation: $100,000 to sustain
integration of mental health care and treatment within the Adolescent
Medicine Primary Clinic which currently serves 1,000 youth between 12
and 21 years old. Detroit Community Health Foundation: $100,000 to
sustain integration of mental health services within Sinai-Grace
Hospital’s primary care center which serves 3,400 patients annually.
Henry Ford Health System: $100,000 to sustain integration of mental
health care and treatment in seven school-based health centers in
Detroit Public Schools that serve 5,000 students.
EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICES AND PROGRAMS: To research, develop and
implement best practice mental health treatment programs eight
two-year grant awards totaling $760,000 were awarded.
Adult Well-Being Services: $200,000 over two years – $100,000 in
2011 to implement Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment program (IDDT)
for consumers with substance abuse and mental disorders. Detroit
Central City CMH: $200,000 over two years – $100,000 in 2011 to
implement the Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM) to better
engage adolescents in mental health treatment. Michigan Dept. of
Community Health: $400,000 over two years – $200,000 in 2011 to
implement Screening Kids in Primary Care Plus (SKIPP) – a
standardized mental health screening, assessment, treatment and
follow-up process for all children in Wayne County who are placed in
foster care. Regents of the University of Michigan: $170,000 over
two years – $85,000 in 2011 to pilot Modified Sleep Program for
adolescents with depression as an alternative to medication
treatment. Starfish Family Services, Inc.: $150,000 over two years –
$75,000 in 2011 to implement Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
for children ages 3 to 6 who have been diagnosed with Severe
Emotional Disturbance. Starr Commonwealth: $100,000 over two years –
$50,000 in 2011 to evaluate the effectiveness of Trauma Informed Care
for adjudicated and at-risk adolescents ages 13 to 17. Training and
Treatment Innovations, Inc.: $100,000 over two years – $50,000 in
2011 to implement Trauma-Informed Treatment approaches throughout
behavioral health programming. Wayne State University: $195,000 over
two years – $100,000 in 2011 to implement Motivational Interviewing
hat better engage the homeless population residing in midtown
GRANTMAKING OPPORTUNITIES: To improve organizational capacity of
mental health providers; increase awareness and education; support
consumer and policy research advocacy; and advance early screening
and assessment eighteen one-year grants totaling $675,000 were
1. Association for Children’s Mental Health: $10,000 for
general operating support to state advocacy organization that
supports children with serious emotional disorders and their
2. Covenant Community Care, Inc.: $50,000 to expand mental
health screening and treatment to all patients served at the Michigan
Avenue health clinic.
3. Detroit Educational Television Foundation: $25,000 to support
a one-hour television documentary on bipolar disorder, as told though
the Prechter family experience.
4. Detroit Health Care For The Homeless Inc.: $50,000 to
develop an integrated care delivery model in three Detroit health
clinics in partnership with a community mental health provider.
5. Detroit Youth Foundation: $48,000 to develop a campaign to
raise awareness among adolescents about mental illness and the
negative impact of stereotypes and stigma.
6. Detroit Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency: $49,000
to train infant mental health professionals serving high-risk
infants/toddlers in Wayne County.
7. Ennis Center for Children, Inc.: $40,000 to provide early
screening, assessment and mental health treatment for children ages 3
to 19 entering foster care with a moderate mental health diagnosis.
8. Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit: $25,000 to
strengthen the International Center for Clubhouse Development (ICCD)
9. Holy Cross Children’s Services: $30,000 to implement
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy treatment for children and
adolescents in foster care and residential services.
10. Judson Center: $30,000 to implement Motivational Interviewing
techniques into core mental health treatment services.
11. Mariners Inn: $48,000 to implement Motivational Interviewing
techniques into their core mental health services.
12. Mental Health Association in Michigan: $50,000 to conduct study
to determine level of uniformity and standardization of practice
across public mental health delivery system.
13. Mental Health Association in Michigan: $10,000 for general
operating support for state policy and research advocacy organization
for youth and adults experiencing mental illness.
14. National Alliance on Mental Health Michigan: $10,000 for
general operating support to organization that advocates for consumer
and family involvement in care, treatment and recovery.
15. Regents of the University of Michigan: $50,000 to expand
Military Support Programs and Networks (M-SPAN) that target
spouses/partners of active military members.
16. Southwest Counseling Solutions: $50,000 to implement Wellness
Programming for Wayne County consumers with mental illness.
17. St. Joseph Mercy Oakland: $50,000 to implement screening and
assessment process to detect perinatal depression in Birthing Center
and Women’s Center.
18. Wayne State University: $50,000 to integrate mental health
screening and intervention services for refugee children into program
that currently only serves adults.
The Ethel and James Flinn Foundation is a Detroit based private
foundation established in 1976 by Ethel “Peggy” Flinn and her
brother, James “Jim” Flinn, Jr. Peggy passed away in 1994. Jim
Flinn, Jr., who was diagnosed with schizophrenia in his early 20’s,
led a remarkable life until his passing away in 2007 at the age of
91. The Foundation is committed to improving the scope, quality and
delivery of mental health services in Michigan. Since inception,
over $20 million in grants have been awarded. The Foundation’s
geographic focus is primarily Southeast Michigan, defined as the
counties of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw.
For more information, contact Andrea M. Cole, Executive Director and
CEO of the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation at (313) 309-3436 or
visit our website at