THE COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH FUND is the original tax fund for which Saint Louis MHB was established. The goal of this fund is to make grants available to non-profit agencies that address mental health and substance use disorders of City residents.
THE COMMUNITY CHILDREN’S SERVICES FUND improves the well-being of the City’s children, birth through age 18. MHB funds and supports a wide range of non-profit programs that address needs related to emotional and behavioral health, trauma and family support of St. Louis children and youth.
Established in 1994, the Community Mental Health Fund works to improve the quality of life for City residents with mental health and/or substance use disorders, primarily serving adults ages 18 and older. The fund supports a range of services that address behavioral health wellness leading to prevention or recovery in the dimensions of health, home, purpose, and community.
In FY21, 54% of adults participating in MHB-funded programs improved their behavioral health wellness as demonstrated by these changes:
During FY21, the first full year of the COIVD-19 pandemic, the number of adults participating in MHB-funded services decreased only 9.5% or 497 fewer adults. Of the 4,739 adults served in FY21, 2,559 (54%) improved their behavioral health wellness and recovery as detailed below…
4,079 individuals or 86% of those served participated in early intervention-focused programming in FY21, reflecting a 16% decrease or 794 fewer adults than in FY20.
Established in 2004, the Community Children’s Services Fund is dedicated to improving the well-being of St. Louis City children and youth from birth to age 18. Through three-year competitive grants and participation in community collaborations supporting the development of a coordinated system of care for children, the fund supports a wide variety of programs and services that address children’s emotional health and social connectedness by focusing on their behavioral health, addressing trauma, and providing family support.
2,345 or 41% of children and youth receiving MHB funded services participated in prevention-focused programming for whom we have demographic data and performance metrics.
An additional 3,242 children and youth in grades K-8 participated in universal, school-based prevention programming focused on violence prevention and substance use prevention, offered at 28 city schools. NOTE: Data for the children and youth served through universal prevention programs funded by MHB is not included in the total number of children and youth served, as these programs are offered to entire classrooms of children in specific grade levels for whom individual demographic data and performance metrics are not available.
Not surprisingly, the number of children served in FY21, the first full year of the COVID-19 pandemic, decreased 24% with 1,799 fewer children and youth participating in MHB-funded services. Of the 5,658 children and youth served in FY21, 3,847 (68%) improved their well-being as detailed below…
1,700 children and youth (57%) improved their emotional health as demonstrated by:
2,674 children and youth (80%) strengthened social connections as demonstrated by: