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New mental health program to launch soon

GILLETTE (WNE) – A new program to help Gillette residents with their mental health has gotten off to a fast start.

Earlier this spring, the Northeast Wyoming Community Health Foundation launched Hope Source to help people afford the costs of therapy and counseling.

Nachelle McGrath, executive director of the foundation, said she has received 20 applications, 10 of which have been approved. The remaining applications were returned because they required more information and will be resubmitted.

“I didn’t know we would have so many so quickly,” McGrath said.

Through Hope Source, mental health providers can apply for financial assistance on behalf of their clients to continue counseling and therapy. Sometimes insurance does not cover the therapy, or people can no longer afford it due to life events.

Under the program, an individual can receive up to $1,500 within a one-year period.

The Festival of Trees committee has set aside $75,000 from the 2023 event to start Hope Source, but McGrath said the foundation is looking for a more sustainable funding model for the program, especially given the community’s response.

The foundation will participate in WyoGives on July 10 and all money donated to the foundation that day will go to Hope Source. And more fundraisers will follow.

“We only have a certain amount of money we can spend each month,” McGrath said. “We really need to look at who needs the highest level while trying to fund everyone we can.”

This story was published on June 11, 2024.

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