Mother Cabrini Health Foundation recognizes that mental and behavioral health are essential elements of overall health. Broadly defined, this includes an individual’s emotional, psychological, psychiatric, and social well-being, along with related behaviors, such as substance use and other addictions. MCHF understands that mental and behavioral health needs are particularly acute in historically marginalized communities and for populations that have been adversely affected by socioeconomic inequities. MCHF also understands that mental and behavioral health services are embedded in multiple systems, and as such, will consider individual and collaborative efforts among those systems.
MCHF aims to support programs that include, but are not limited to, the following:
Interventions and Treatment: Improving the quality of care and services in clinical and non-clinical settings, including by supporting the delivery of trauma-informed, culturally responsive, and person-centered care targeted to specific populations and integrating and coordinating mental and behavioral health services with other health and social services.
Capacity and Access: Building the capacity of the sector to increase the timely availability of and access to affordable, high-quality mental and behavioral health care in clinical and community-based settings. This could include building and diversifying the workforce, expanding crisis response services, or increasing the volume of traditional and non-traditional providers and support systems.
Education, Awareness, and Prevention: Increasing awareness, improving engagement, and reducing stigma and other barriers to care.