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Grant Awarded by Guthrie to Support Mental Health Therapy for Area Schools

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Guthrie has announced their Community Benefit Program has pledged a grant totaling $9,000 to Racker. The grant will go towards supporting the organization’s program aimed at providing Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) for students with severe emotional disabilities from traumatic stress within both the TST and OCM BOCES educational program.


“This grant signifies Guthrie’s commitment to providing essential mental health support and creating a positive impact in the lives of students in the communities we serve.”

Said Jennifer Yartym, President, Guthrie Cortland Medical Center.

The funding will train program therapists, Racker says. The initiative will be specially designed to benefit trauma-affected youth across Cortland, Tompkins, Seneca, Tioga, Onondaga, and Madison counties.

Racker will have their therapists serve educational programs which will exclusively cater to students, the majority of whom come from low-income families and have severe emotional disabilities stemming from Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

Guthrie says mental health was identified as one of the major health risks in the Community Health Needs Assessment that was conducted.

“This grant was awarded as part of Guthrie’s Community Benefit Grant Program, which funds projects based on Guthrie’s Community Health Needs Assessment. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), requires non-profit hospitals to complete a community needs assessment (CHNA) every three years. The following areas of need were identified for 2023-2025: mental health and substance use disorders, obesity, and cancer screening and prevention.”

Guthrie said in a release.

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