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$100,000 Grant Awarded To Eliot Human Services To Expand Middlesex D. A.’s Project C.A.R.E Initiative

Jun 18, 2018 06:05AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Left to Right: Marian Ryan, District Attorney, Keith Wales, Director, Eliot Community Human Services

LEXINGTON – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Eliot Community Human Services President Kate Markarian have announced that Eliot Community Human Services is one of the 100 local nonprofits to receive a grant of $100,000 through the Cummings Foundation’s “100K for 100” program as part of a collaborative effort to expand its partnership with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office’s Child Assessment and Response Evaluation (C.A.R.E.) initiative. Eliot Community Human Services was chosen from a total of 597 applicants after being nominated for the grant by District Attorney Ryan. 
In April 2017, The Eliot Center in Everett formally partnered with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office to expand Project C.A.R.E. to Everett after a highly successful pilot program in Lowell. Project C.A.R.E is an innovative program designed to close service gaps by formalizing communication and care coordination practices between first responders, police departments, fire departments and community-based behavioral health providers after a child has experienced an opioid-related trauma. The grant will enable Eliot Community Human Services to increase treatment capacity for children affected by post-traumatic stress disorder- as well as in-service trainings for first responders to replicate the Project C.A.R.E. model.
Within the Project C.A.R.E. model, first responders contact an identified clinical supervisor at the Eliot Center (24-7) immediately following medical interventions post-overdose. The clinical supervisor then connects with the identified family member(s) within 24 hours to develop a comprehensive service plan. Particular emphasis in the planning process is placed on the utilization of effective trauma informed therapies – primarily for short and long- term stabilization to foster wellness and as a preventative measure to address the likelihood of future substance misuse.
The goal is to help these children cope with trauma, build resiliency and mitigate the likelihood that substance abuse will be transferred from one generation to the next.
Eliot Community Human Services is committed to serving the most vulnerable of populations - those at risk, with limited or no resources for help. Eliot Community Human Service’s multidisciplinary staff of over 2,000 full and part-time professionals serve over 30,000 adults, children and families each year and works with insurance and managed care companies and  public and private partners to serve the most vulnerable and at risk populations, 24 hours a day.
About the Cummings Foundation’s “100K for 100” 
The $100K for 100 Program supports nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk Counties.  This year’s diverse group of grant recipients represents a wide variety of causes, including homelessness prevention and affordable housing, education, violence prevention, and food insecurity. Most of the grants will be paid over two to five years. The complete list of 100 grant winners can be viewed here:
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