We're proud to announce that Maryhurst has received a $25,000 grant from the Anthem Foundation that we're applying to our therapeutic work with young survivors of the state’s most severe cases of abuse. Funds from the grant will supplement programs at Maryhurst’s residential campus, a facility that is home to adolescent girls in state’s care who have been assigned the highest level of need by Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services.
Thanks to the Anthem Foundation grant, Maryhurst will strengthen the skill set of its staff that lead psychoeducational group therapy, or sessions that are designed to help children with stressors, anger management, positive communication, and coping strategies. Using therapeutic approaches such as Dialectical Behavior Training (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), the sessions funded by this grant will emphasize healing from past traumas while moving toward a healthier and safer future in adulthood. Anthem’s grant will help Maryhurst achieve treatment goals with 112 girls in 2019 who have been assigned the state’s highest level of care (LOC), ultimately leading to a successful discharge from the residential campus and placement with natural or foster families, a group home, or some form of independent living.
“Our children come to us with deep hurt, and while we cannot undo their adverse experiences, we can teach them how to manage and even overcome the effects of their trauma,” said Judy Lambeth, Maryhurst President and CEO. “We’re excited that Anthem Foundation has chosen to invest in our most specialized work because it’s where the individual need is greatest.”
When children enter the state’s care in Kentucky, they receive an LOC assignment based on their patterns of behavior and the specialization required to safely care for them. LOCs range from Level 1 (“requires a routine home environment”) to Level 5-S (“presents a severe risk of causing harm to themselves or others… requires highly structured program with 24-hour supervision”). Around 80 percent of the girls living on Maryhurst’s residential campus have been assigned a 5-S, and the agency is the only nonprofit residential program in Kentucky serving adolescent girls with 5-S LOCs. Prior to Maryhurst welcoming these children in 2011, girls with 5-S assignments were sent out of state, further complicating their connections to familial and community supports.