ROCKFORD, Ill. — Rockford Family Peace Center, a resource center for domestic violence victims, announced Tuesday that it is the recipient of funding to expand mental health and wellness programs.
Winnebago County Community Mental Health Board awarded $200,000 to the Center.
The funding came from a half-cent sales tax approved through Winnebago County residents in 2020.
Many survivors visiting the center seek out counseling to work through trauma and mental health symptoms, but often encounter wait lists.
Due to staffing, these wait lists can often be months long. Part of the funding will go towards expanding the capacity of the Center’s staff to provide better mental health support while survivors wait for a counselor. In addition, the funding will support the current Training and Care Coordinator in providing alternative wellness opportunities like yoga, acupuncture, and support groups for both victims and staff alike.
The Center hopes that these opportunities will enhance not only its staff’s overall health but also decrease burnout.
Lastly, funding will also go towards hiring a new Case Manager who will directly work with survivors.
Source: Kelsey Anderson, Original Article Here