Seasons Center receives $100,000 grant

Friday, October 6, 2017
Seasons Center has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Iowa Department of Human Services to bring community agencies together to build and improve the effectiveness of prevention and early intervention programs and services. (File photo)

Funding will allow for expanded prevention, early intervention services

Seasons Center for Behavioral Health has been awarded a $100,000 nine-month grant from the Iowa Department of Human Services. The purpose of the grant is to bring community agencies together to build and improve the effectiveness of prevention and early intervention programs and services to improve child and family well-being.

Seasons was one of three agencies awarded this funding. The agency will work closely with partners: Avera, Boys Town, Clay County Public Health, Juvenile Court, Prairie Lake AEA, Siouxland Human Investment Partnership and Upper Des Moines Opportunity Inc. in providing a collaborative voice on how prevention and early intervention services can be enhanced and expanded for children and their families.

“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to bring together our partner agencies and numerous other entities to explore ways to build and strengthen prevention and early intervention programs and services in our area,” said Kim Scorza, president and CEO of Seasons Center.

In 2016, Seasons Center was called to care for 2,258 children. On Oct. 31, 2016, Seasons opened Autumn’s Center, the first of its kind regional children’s center, and on June 5 the agency opened Camp Autumn, a therapeutic camp for children.

“This project will build upon the work accomplished as a result of a children’s mental health crisis planning grant implemented this past year,” Scorza added. “We look forward to working with the department and a wide spectrum of individuals including school officials, healthcare personnel, law enforcement and countless others over the next several months on this project.”

The service area includes Buena Vista, Calhoun, Carroll, Cherokee, Clay, Crawford, Dickinson, Emmet, Ida, Lyon, Monona, O’Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Pocahontas, Sac, Sioux and Woodbury counties.

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