Scattergood Foundation

Advancing Innovative Strategies for Change in Behavioral Health

Grant Activity: Current Activity Impacting Communities

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Building Evaluation Capacity Initiative Summary of Progress: 2014-15

This report summarizes the past year of the Building Evaluation Capacity Initiative (formerly known as the Building Agency Capacity for Program Evaluation Initiative). With funding from the Thomas B. Scattergood Foundation, since 2011 the Initiative has provided a two-year program of training and consultation in program evaluation to Greater Philadelphia Area organizations focused on...

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training First Year Report

In August of 2014 the Youth Mental Health First Aid training program was launched in the Coatesville Area School District (CASD).  This four-year project is a public-private partnership to significantly improve the behavioral health status of children and teens in one of Pennsylvania’s poorest communities.   The funding collaborative includes county, state and federal officials as well as three...

How the 'stigma of masculinity' gets in the way for depressed men

By: Renee Gross

There is no difference between the number of men and women who experience depression, according to a recent survey. But you wouldn't know it from looking inside a therapist's office.   Women are still twice as likely to be diagnosed and treated with depression as men.   Dr. Harold, or "Woody", Neighbors is well aware of the pitfalls that...

Halloween attraction dishonors mentally ill who lived at hospital

DOMINIC SISTI AND ANDREA SEGAL   The earliest psychiatric hospitals date back to 15th-century Spain, where they were conceived and constructed to give poor, homeless individuals with mental illness a safe place to live and, it was hoped, recover.   The next two centuries saw the degradation of asylums essentially into dungeons where mentally ill people were confined, living in chains and squalor...

10 years after Katrina, addressing the mental trauma that lingers

AUGUST 20, 2015 | LAine Kaplan-Levenson

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, much of the physical damage the storm caused in the city of New Orleans has been repaired. Neighborhoods and communities have been rebuilt. Schools, hospitals, businesses, and restaurants have re-opened.

But a deeper, invisible wound brought by the storm remains. Thousands of...

Preparing an entire city to respond to mental health emergencies

By Paul Jablow on Aug 19, 2015 02:39 PM

Jason Palaia, director of elementary and special education in the Coatesville Area School District in Chester County, recalls interrupting his walk across a high school campus to talk to a youth sitting on a curb who was obviously very distraught.

James Hills, a school board member who volunteers at an afterschool program in Coatesville,...