Greenwich United Way Raises $1.6 Million for Groundbreaking Adolescent Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program
The organization will continue to raise funds to ensure accessible behavioral youth and adolescent health care.
GREENWICH, Conn., December 5, 2023 – The Greenwich United Way (GUW) successfully reached its goal of raising $1.6 million for a groundbreaking new Adolescent Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) that is being developed in partnership with Greenwich Hospital and is the community’s first IOP behavioral health program designed for young people. The new facility, set to open in February, will be located at 500 W. Putnam Avenue, co-located with Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital Pediatric Specialty Center in Greenwich. The GUW plans to continue fundraising in order to provide financial assistance for those patients of the facility who may be uninsured or underinsured, ensuring that all in need will have access to essential behavioral and mental healthcare.
The Greenwich United Way embarked on this initiative with Greenwich Hospital due to the results showing that mental health was a top three need from the organization’s 2020 Needs Assessment and that this service gap existed in the Greenwich community.
“Our ongoing efforts and the support of our donors removes the main hurdles to accessing behavioral health treatment in our community. Cost insecurity is no longer a barrier to accessing much-needed care,” said David Rabin, CEO of GUW. “The facility is the first of its kind in Greenwich and will be integral to helping overcome the mental health challenges plaguing our youth and adolescents.”
Mental health care services are costly even with insurance or financial assistance as co-pays and deductibles add up quickly. When a diagnosis requires regular therapy, a lack of financial resources often prevents families from engaging in the necessary ongoing treatment. Not only is the GUW increasing access to and availability of mental healthcare professionals, it ensures those youth in need of ongoing care have the financial support to continue treatment.
HUSKY Health insurance will cover a significant portion of the care provided by the Adolescent Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program and GUW gifts will cover additional fees such as co-pays.
To support the Adolescent Behavioral Health Intensive Outpatient Program and assist those who are unable to afford care, visit https://greenwichunitedway.org/donations/mentalhealth/ or call 203-869-2221.
About Greenwich United Way
The Greenwich United Way (GUW) shares a name with approximately 1,200 other similar organizations across the nation, although the Greenwich, Connecticut division is a privately incorporated, locally governed, nonprofit agency. As a volunteer-driven organization, the Greenwich United Way exists to help identify and address the health, educational and self-sufficiency needs specific to its local community and to create and affect meaningful, lasting solutions. Through various fundraising efforts and on-going research, the organization is able to directly grant the funds necessary to accomplish this goal. The Greenwich United Way also invests in and conducts collaborative efforts to address broad-based community needs with partnering nonprofit agencies. For more information, visit https://greenwichunitedway.org, or follow us on Instagram and Facebook.