EMQ FamiliesFirst Awarded El Camino Hospital Community Benefit Program Grant

Addiction Prevention and Crisis Intervention Services Available for More Local Students, Parents and Teachers

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- EMQ FamiliesFirst http://www.emqff.org/about/index.shtml has been awarded a $110,000 grant from the El Camino Hospital Community Benefit Program to help support the Addiction Prevention Service (APS) and Child & Adolescent Mobile Crisis Program (CACP) that service at-risk youth and their families in Santa Clara County. This is the second consecutive year that this grant has been awarded to EMQ FamiliesFirst, California’s largest children’s service organization for youth in crisis and their families.

With this grant, the APS program http://www.emqff.org/services/addiction.shtml expands its school-based services to five schools in the Campbell Union High School District. Each school has a program that is tailored to meet the needs of the students, parents and staff. Counselors provide prevention, intervention and treatment services weekly to identified youth who face such pressing issues as bullying, substance abuse, depression and suicide. The goal of APS is to keep kids safe and in school.

The Child & Adolescent Crisis Program at EMQ FamiliesFirst http://www.emqff.org/services/crisis.shtml is the only 24/7 mobile crisis intervention service for youth in Santa Clara County. The multi-lingual team provides mental health crisis assessment and intervention to children and youths under 18 years who may be severely depressed, suicidal and/or in a psychological crisis. Trained clinicians respond to youth in immediate danger of harming themselves or others. The team also helps families to find resources to keep their children safe at home—hopefully avoiding costly hospitalization.

“We are very grateful for the funding from El Camino Hospital that supports us in providing these two vital programs to the community,” said Darrell Evora, president and CEO at EMQ FamiliesFirst. “Together, we’re committed to helping our most vulnerable children and families.”

El Camino Hospital has been named the 2011 Corporate Grantmaker of the Year (for corporations with more than 300 employees) by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Silicon Valley Chapter. The hospital will be honored on November 18, in conjunction with National Philanthropy Day, at the annual event that pays tribute to local leaders that exemplify philanthropic excellence.

The El Camino Hospital Community Benefit Program grants aim at providing resources year after year to a variety of programs and services that benefit the community through education, prevention and support. Programs are selected that expand access to care and preventative services for the underserved children and adult populations.

About EMQ FamiliesFirst

EMQ FamiliesFirst, http://www.emqff.org/about/agency/backgrounder.shtml formerly known as EMQ Children and Family Services and Eastfield Ming Quong, does whatever it takes to help children and families in crisis. The agency is recognized for innovative mental health treatment, foster care and social services that help families recover from trauma, abuse and addiction, and rebuild their lives. EMQ FamiliesFirst fights for sustainable change and advocates for improvements in the local, state and federal systems that serve children in need. For more information, please visit http://www.emqff.org.


EMQ FamiliesFirst
Kristine Austin, 408-718-8446
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for EMQ FamiliesFirst
SoHanna Park Minami, 916-933-5296
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