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Local Government

Geneva mental health agencies get annual grants

GENEVA – The Geneva Community Mental Health Board made its annual grant awards Monday to agencies that provide counseling and support for people with mental health issues, addiction, developmental disabilities, homelessness and other services.

The board receives funding through property taxes and awards grants to agencies that serve Geneva residents.

The board awarded $139,000 to local agencies at the city council meeting. Among them was Ecker Center for Mental Health, which received $29,600 to provide services such as therapy, rehabilitation and case management.

“We are very, very grateful for the funding,” said Ecker Executive Director Karen Beyer.

Renz Addiction counseling received $7,000. Marketing director Deb Howe said the agency’s $2.5 million budget provides prevention and treatment for substance abuse, gambling and HIV prevention education.

In accepting a $2,300 grant, TriCity Health Partnership Executive Director Shannon Watson said for every dollar donated, the agency provides $5 to $8 in medical services.

Lynn O’Shea, executive director of the Association for Individual Development, said resources have declined as requests for services increase – especially for housing.

Seventy-six Geneva clients are on a waiting list for housing and some, she said, have been waiting 10 years.

“Resources continue to decline,” O’Shea said. “We cannot keep up with the pace of need.”

O’Shea said the agency’s board has launched a petition drive seeking 20,000 signatures by Dec. 31 for an April ballot referendum for a 0.1 percent property tax.

“[The tax] would average about $54 a year a household to support more group homes,” O’Shea said.

Other agencies receiving grants were CASA Kane County, DayOne Network, Easter Seals DuPage and Fox Valley Region, Elderday, Association for Individual Development, Fox Valley Volunteer Hospice, Fox Valley Special Recreation, Haley’s Playground, Lazarus House, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Suicide Prevention Services of America and TriCity Family Services.

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