COURTESY OF SINAI HEALTH SYSTEM

Chicago, May 8, 2014—Sinai Health System is among 11 recipients of a grant designed to fund anti-violence initiatives for Chicago’s youth. Members of the youth advisory board at Get IN Chicago, the $50-million public-private partnership with a unique approach to combatting juvenile violence, announced the grant recipients May 7 at the Lawndale Christian Health Center.

The grant awarded to Sinai Health System will fund a new anti-violence initiative within Under the Rainbow, an outpatient therapy program for children, adolescents, and their families. As a grant recipient, Under the Rainbow must rigorously evaluate their evidence-based programs for outcomes.

“We are so grateful for this opportunity to partner with Get IN Chicago in creating safer and more supportive environments within the communities we serve on the West and Southwest Sides of Chicago,” said Mount Sinai Hospital’s director of child and adolescent behavioral health, Rich Macur Brousil, Psy.D. “The children and adolescents who are part of Under the Rainbow are high-risk youth who have experienced trauma or have been diagnosed with mental disorders, including behavioral and academic problems. The mentoring, school engagement, cognitive behavioral therapy and parent leadership that Get IN Chicago has proven effective are in line with our program’s own goals and priorities.”

Under The Rainbow’s multidisciplinary staff of licensed behavioral health specialists offers educational and preventative services for children, young adults and their families to raise awareness and discourage traumatic incidents in domestic settings.

“I am proud to join Get IN Chicago to announce the first grant recipients, which will provide increased opportunities for our youth,” Mayor Emanuel said. “Communities, individuals and corporations have come together to build a bridge between the potential of our kids and the promise of this great city. This funding will directly support our most important legacy—the children of the City of Chicago.”