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Grants, $250K help WYFCS grow mental health services

By Josh Davis | Dec 07, 2017
Photo by: JOSH DAVIS/OCEAN CITY TODAY Worcester Youth and Family and local, county and state officials announce two new grants, $125,000 each, to pay for expanded mental health services at the nonprofit in Berlin, last Wednesday.

(Dec. 8, 2017) Two grants totaling $250,000 will help expand access to mental health care in the area, according to Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services Executive Director Steve Taylor.

Taylor made the announcement in The Ray room at Worcester Youth in Berlin on Wednesday, saying the Maryland Health Community Health Resources Commission and the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation each awarded grants of $125,000. The money would be used to hire two new mental health clinicians.

The two new hires have all the necessary training, Taylor said, but require an additional 2,000 hours of clinical supervision “before they can start billing insurances for their services.” The grants will cover the two-year period, similar to a doctor’s residency in a hospital.

Taylor said Del. Mary Beth Carozza was instrumental in helping to receive the grants.

Carozza called the announcement a “win, win, win.”

“We can think about how many more families and youth we’re serving … we’re also saving lives,” she said.

Also present during the announcement were Berlin Councilman Zack Tyndall, Ocean City Councilman Wayne Hartman and Pocomoke City Councilman George Tasker.

Taylor noted each town financially supported Worcester Youth.

“It’s great to have Worcester Youth and Family here in town. It’s a tremendous asset and this is a great expansion of your services,” Tyndall said.

Hartman said there was a huge need for mental health services in the area, adding, “It’s great to see that need being met.”

Tasker is a former board member of the Family Connection program of Worcester Youth that provides advocacy, community resources, and education to families.

“I’m still proud of it. I still back it. I still fight for it, and I just love seeing it grow,” Tasker said.

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