Preferred Family Healthcare's Youth Psychiatric Program Receives Grant to Assist in Treatment of Trauma Victims
Preferred Family Healthcare's (PFH) Youth Community Psychiatric Rehabilitation Center, which operates services in Hannibal, Kirksville and Trenton, Mo., has been awarded a $4,900 grant from the Missouri Children's Trauma-Informed Network (CTIN) to purchase equipment to assist in the treatment of trauma victims. The grant will be used to purchase equipment for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a form of psychotherapy which uses eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation to assist clients in processing distressing memories and beliefs, according to Holly Griffen, PFH Director of Children's Mental Health Services. Eight clinicians at the sites have received EMDR training. This is the third consecutive year the Youth CPRC team has received funding from the Missouri CTIN. Previous awards were for the purchase of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy equipment, and trauma-informed books and supplies for Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT). The Youth CPRC program is designed to provide treatment to children and youth with serious mental illness and allow them to remain in their community. An array of services are offered to assist in increasing the client's quality of life and support their path to recovery. Treatment, which includes counseling and psychiatric services, case management, medication services, and crisis intervention, are provided in the home or in the community. In the past three years, the CPRC team has increased its children and youth CPRC and counseling services from 25 children and youth to nearly 400 active participants, ranging in age from 3 to 25 years, across the three regions, which include 24 counties in northeast Missouri. Preferred Family Healthcare currently has over 4000 employees operating in five states. Substance use disorder services, mental health services, services for individuals with developmental disabilities, child welfare services, and employment services are among the varied programs provided by the organization. In addition, two federally qualified health centers are operated by PFH in Hannibal, Missouri and Quincy, Illinois.