SCHENECTADY — The Schenectady Community Action Program, an antipoverty organization located on Albany Street, has received a $4 million, five-year federal grant to provide mental health resources to low-income children.
The program, called Project LAUNCH, serves children from birth to age 8.
SCAP was just one of 15 organizations in the United States awarded a Project LAUNCH grant by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
The goal of the program is to address trauma that occurs at a young age, with an eye toward preventing behavioral issues and other problems in later years. Project LAUNCH will provide mental health screenings to children and also train medical providers to administer such screenings.
SCAP officials said that trauma is common among the children they serve. Causes of trauma include abuse, homelessness and the stress of living in unsafe neighborhoods.
Other organizations involved in Project Launch include Ellis Medicine and Hometown Health Centers.