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Home of the Innocents receives $100K from Humana Foundation

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Home of the Innocents has received a generous $100,000 grant from the Humana Foundation.

According to a news release, the grant is to support the innovative work of the Home’s Open Arms Children’s Health in providing access to integrated physical and behavioral health services for our region’s most vulnerable children.

In 2011, the Home opened Open Arms Children’s Health, a one-stop shop healthcare facility that provides pediatric medical, dental, hearing, vision and pharmacy services. The facility specializes in serving children with special needs, refugees, low-income families and children in foster care. It is open to the Home’s residents and children in the Louisville community. Over the past five years, the Home has been able to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children and address multiple issues across disciplines in a same-day visit.

Many of the children seen at Open Arms have healthcare needs that far exceed the average patient visit. Most require longer medical and dental appointments as a result of health conditions that have been exacerbated by inadequate healthcare and behavioral diagnosis. This program will increase access to health services allowing at-risk children, youth and their families to pursue better health behaviors and education, ultimately improving the quality of their lives. With financial support from the Humana Foundation, the Home projects it will serve more than 5,000 children in the upcoming year through the onset of the integrated healthcare program.

Home of the Innocents has been our region's open arms to children in crisis since 1880 throughout Kentucky and southern Indiana. The Home provides loving, therapeutic care to children who are victims of abuse, abandonment and neglect; medically fragile children; and children with autism and other behavioral health diagnoses. The Home’s Open Arms Children’s Health is a pediatric practice that meets children’s needs for all medical, dental and behavioral health care.

According to the NIH, one in five children present a “severely debilitating mental health disorder,” yet only 20% receive the mental services they need. The goal of this program is to expand Open Arms behavioral and physical health services to a fully integrated model, where primary care providers (PCP) and behavioral health consultants (BHC) deliver services in the same location with the same treatment goals. Two clinic days per week, the BHC will be embedded into the primary care exam rooms, eliminating the barriers of separate mental health appointments.

This pilot program will increase access to health services allowing patients and their families to pursue better health behaviors and education.

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