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Integrated Behavioral Services, Inc. (IBT) was recently awarded a $40,047 grant from Kansas Children’s Cabinet and Trust Fund – All In for Kansas Kids to increase the number of childcare professionals trained effective social-emotional interventions (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS)) for children with autism or other intellectual, developmental, physical, behavioral, and/or emotional needs. This project is the second part of a three-year plan to develop a replicable PBIS model that incorporates advanced social-emotional skills programming, puts into place appropriate structure, stability, and healthy behaviors to reduce problem behaviors among children at The K.I.D.S. Place.

We’ve all had experiences with nonprofit leadership who would do almost anything for funding. But have you considered the ethical implications that can go along with the ‘money at all costs’ mindset? We're talking about things like: How far is your agency willing to go? Would they misrepresent revenue to funders? Would they inflate the numbers served so it appeared they were helping more people than they really were? Welp. Luckin Coffee (LC) boldly went there and got caught. But there is much to learn from the error of their ways, so let’s take a look at LC’s actions through the eyes of a grant professional to examine the ethics (or lack thereof) of it all.

Mosaic Life Care (Heartland Regional Medical Center) recently received a grant for $266,800 from the Federal Communications Commission Consortium COVID-19 Remote Patient Telehealth Program to purchase a web-based software platform for Healthcare Recovery Solutions (HRS). The web-based software platform for Healthcare Recovery Solutions (HRS) remote patient monitoring (RPM) technology will allow Mosaic Life Care to provide medical services to both COVID-19 patients and other high-risk and vulnerable patients. These include but are not limited to monitoring blood glucose levels, blood pressure, pulse, temperature, weight, and blood oxygen levels. The system’s flexibility allows for not only remote-patient monitoring but also video conferencing (provider to patient; nurse to patient; inspection or visualization of wounds, edema, etc.), virtual visits, and messaging.

Jennings School District was awarded a $1,760,000 grant from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 21st Century Community Learning Centers to provide the students of Jennings School District with after school programming to enable them to improve understanding of academic performance in mathematics, language arts and science, and to provide enrichment opportunities for students during after school hours.  In addition, the grant will support families of JSD students by supplying opportunities to participate in school activities, parent education, and family oriented activities for students and family members.

Developing Potential, Inc. (DPI) recently received a grant for $50,000 from the Health Forward Foundation, Applicant Defined Grant to support the Increase Access to Services program. These funds will support the program’s full-time registered nurse. The nurse oversees DPI’s medical services. She helps eliminate barriers to quality health care for the people we serve by providing direct support through comprehensive health assessments, medication administrations, choking risk assessments, GI tube feedings, and many other tasks. She also educates program participants and staff on healthy lifestyle topics, and trains staff in medical issues like medication side effects, fall awareness and prevention, procedures for addressing seizures, and many more.

Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI) was recently awarded a $250,000 grant from the Neighborhood Assistance Program to support the Early Intervention Program (EIP) and the Preschool/Kindergarten Program. The EIP provides regularly scheduled home-based instruction, therapies, and center-based evaluations of the infant and toddler’s developmental progress, beginning as soon as the child is diagnosed through the age of three. The program offers a comprehensive, individualized educational and therapy program for infants and toddlers who have significant visual impairments that impact learning and development. Early intervention teachers and therapists work with parents in regularly scheduled home visits to provide strategies and activities that can be practiced daily and generalized to the world beyond. Examples of services include Orientation and Mobility, speech-language pathology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and specialized instruction from Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI).

Powell Gardens was recently awarded a $10,000 grant from American Century Investments to establish Powell Gardens as a regional learning hub for agricultural producers, private landowners, horticulturalists, hobbyists, and the general citizenry. Funding from American Century will enable Powell Gardens to elevate the quality of adult and youth educational offerings and support three festivals, each featuring at least two workshops, one youth makers’ day, and one community activity, over the one-year grant cycle.

TNC Community was recently awarded a $35,000 grant from the Louetta M. Cowden Foundation their Pandemic Health Supports for People with Developmental Disabilities project. The project will increase access to health care services for individuals with I/DD through our director of health services and health team. This team includes two community nurses, two health service coordinators, and one pharmacy tech.  The team will ensure clients have the consistent, high-quality, specialized care they need to continue to thrive during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted a possible alternative care solution in the use of telehealth visits with health care providers, which will free up the team’s time to focus on addressing preventative care of our clients.