Mental Health Services
CHIP families are at higher risk of developing emotional problems due to the psychological stress of living in poverty. This toxic stress is compounded when a child has experienced trauma like the loss of a parent, physical/sexual/emotional abuse, witnessed domestic or community violence or when a parent is compromised due to their own mental health or substance abuse issues. According to a recent Gallup survey, 30% of people living below the poverty level have been diagnosed with depression, compared to only 15% of the general population.
Child Health Investment Partnership expanded its program model to include a therapeutic mental health intervention for both adult caretakers and children in order to address this inequity. Through this model, a depressed parent in poverty, with no personal transportation or health insurance can receive personal or family counseling at Child Health Investment’s Counseling Center.
Play therapy helps children express what is troubling them when they do not have the verbal language to express their thoughts and feelings. Child Health Investment Partnership children benefit from a therapeutic play space and receive play therapy to help them resolve psychosocial challenges. Parents receive support in better understanding their child’s emotional needs and how to meet them, which promotes secure attachment and overall family functioning.