County Receives Grant To Help Support Mental Health For Children, Families


MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County’s Department of Mental Hygiene was recently awarded a $4 million grant to help grow its Tapestry Resilience Initiative.

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County officials say Tapestry is a system of care, provides supports, community education, and other resources and partnerships for children, youth, and their families throughout the county.

“Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene is absolutely thrilled to receive this grant award,” said Pat Brinkman, Chautauqua County Director of Mental Hygiene Services. “There has been such collaboration between many partners to make the work under Tapestry successful. This new funding recognizes the contribution of all of those partners and gives us the opportunity to further develop the system of care for children and their families.”

With the grant, the initiative aims to focus on two specific age groups of youth in the system of care. Young children ages 0-8 years who are experiencing serious emotional disturbance will be supported with activities and services that meet their needs and reflect the unique characteristics of families living in Chautauqua County.

Simultaneously, college-aged students 18-21 years old in the transition to adulthood will receive engaging, educated, and integrated supportive care.

“Chautauqua Tapestry provides much needed services to Chautauqua County children and their families,” said U.S. Representative Tom Reed. “We are proud to support this program and get much needed funds to the right place. Continuing this partnership of programming will help the people we care about get a fair shot at life.”

The goal of the Tapestry Resilience Initiative is to provide safe and engaging trauma-informed services to prevent mental, emotional and behavioral disorders and to identify and address concerns as early as possible and strengthen existing collaboration among community groups and forge effective coordination to provide the needed supports and services for children, youth, and their families.

For more information about the Chautauqua Tapestry initiative, please


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