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Amanecer Awarded Mental Health Grant from Cedars-Sinai

Funding will increase access to life-saving programs for impoverished women in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles, April 16, 2012 – Amanecer Community Counseling Services is among 24 organizations recently awarded grants from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to support programs providing direct, community-based mental health services. The grant from Cedars-Sinai, part of a new $1.6 million contribution from the medical center to help existing community organizations expand the number of people they serve in their mental health programs, will support Amanecer’s culturally competent, specialized programs for postpartum depression and victims of domestic violence.

“We are gratified that Cedars-Sinai shares our commitment to a highly vulnerable segment of our client population: women who suffer from severe postpartum depression and women who are victims of domestic violence,” stated Tim Ryder, Executive Director of Amanecer. “In both cases, their ability to access care also impacts another extremely vulnerable population: infants at high risk for abuse and neglect, and children traumatized by family violence.”

The $1.6 million Community Mental Health Grant Program is part of Cedars-Sinai’s overall community benefit contribution, which last year provided more than $600 million toward free and part-pay hospital care to the uninsured and those with limited means; the unpaid costs of caring for Medi-Cal and Medicare patients; research and education; and hundreds of community programs in local schools, homeless shelters, and community centers.

Amanecer Community Counseling Services is the leading resource in culturally competent behavioral health care for the Latino community of Downtown Los Angeles. For 37 years, the nonprofit agency has provided specialized mental health services, behavioral counseling, and prevention and intervention programs for impoverished children, families and adults.

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