Representatives of Kaiser Permanente Napa-Solano Community Benefit Grants Program recently announced their decision to continue sponsorship of Dixon Family Services’ (DFS) Mental Health Continuum of Care Program (CoC). Kaiser Permanente’s generous grant of $20,000 brings their total financial support for DFS to $77,000 over the past four years.
Dixon Family Services is a non-profit social services agency and community-based Family Resource Center serving the community of Dixon for 28 years. Services and programs have grown over the years as the needs of families in Dixon increase and change. Services include Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment, Mental Health Services, School-based Mentoring and Counseling, Case Management, Homeless Assistance, Domestic Violence and Anger Management classes, Support Groups, Life Skills Workshops, Basic Needs Services, Parent Education, Employment Development, Senior Resources, Volunteerism, Food Programs, and Free Community Forums and Substance-Free Events.
All services are provided in English and Spanish.
The Mental Health Continuum of Care Program’s primary objective is to provide culturally competent mental health services to those who have no health coverage and no money to pay for it. “A big gap in services is culturally competent mental health therapy and support for individuals and families in our rural area,” said DFS Executive Director, Cookie Powell. “With this grant from Kaiser, DFS is able to help clients who would otherwise go un-served.”
Kaiser Permanente’s community benefit program supports initiatives that seek to measurably improve health by addressing specific community health needs. In the case of Dixon Family Services’ Mental Health Continuum Program, Kaiser Permanente support s efforts to lower financial barriers so the uninsured and underinsured gain access to quality care.
“Dixon Family Services is very appreciative that Kaiser Permanente recognizes and supports our efforts to increase availability of mental health services in our area,” said Powell. “History has shown that with increased poverty comes increased need for supportive services, due to depression, anxiety, stress, and substance abuse, to name a few.”