2017 Principal Project

Students learning at the Simpson Academy for Young Women

The Woman's Board of Rush University Medical Center has committed their 2017 Principal Project to improving mental health in our community by establishing the School-Based Mental Health Program. The School-Based Mental Health Program, an initiative for at-risk youth served by Rush’s three School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs), will build a community-based mental health screening and treatment network to support children, families, front line community members and first responders. The Woman’s Board’s support will allow the expansion of Rush’s comprehensive model of wellness and care to include community-based mental health services and screenings critical for addressing post-traumatic stress, trauma, anxiety, depression, substance abuse and powerlessness that are often present in children from neighborhoods with high rates of poverty, violence and crime.

The image to the left, students gaining hands-on experience at the Simpson Academy for Young Women.