Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health announced last week that the State of Illinois has awarded $3.5 million in funding to 19 different applicants including Christian County to support post-pandemic child and adolescent health. The size of grants ranged from $92,000 to $200,000. Christian County received $200,000. Macoupin County also received $200,000.
Of this new round of grants, 41% were rewarded to behavioral health treatment centers, 21% to schools, 21% to healthcare groups, 11% to local health departments and 5% to colleges. Grants are funded by Illinois and are intended to strengthen post-Covid-19 recovery efforts for school-based health needs and for preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences in the post-pandemic era.
Governor Pritzker says with the last few years being difficult, the state of Illinois is stepping up to help the youth and provide support to school-based programs and local agencies. The funding opportunity was overseen by the IDPH’s Office of Women’s Health and Family Services. More than 50% of the applicants for the funding opportunity received funding.