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Scholarship offers financial support for mental health services

713 Mental Health Badge Scholarship Launched As Mental Health Needs Rise Locally

The scholarship provides financial support for mental health services

Cedar Rapids – A Cedar Rapids mental health provider has launched a scholarship in honor of first responders to help members of the community obtain mental health care.

The Badge 713 Mental Health Scholarship Fund was established in partnership with Family Covenant Corporation and Marion retailer Honor and Respect to honor public servants by providing funds to pay for mental health services that members of the community could not otherwise afford.

Although the grant was established in the name of a local first responder and veteran, officials say the funds are available to anyone who needs help accessing services at Covenant Family, a mental health provider in Cedar Rapids.

“The purpose of people who serve in public services is to help and benefit the community. This grant is an extension of this effort not only to help those who are first responders, but to help those who help them.”

Family Covenant CEO Jacob Christenson

The fund has raised $1,800 so far, including an initial donation from the Badge 713 Mental Health Grant Fund and from Honor and Respect, officials say. The retailer will also donate funds with a portion of the proceeds from their store.

Funds can be used to cover the cost of a treatment dose, which ranges from 8 to 12 sessions. It can help those who have insurance, Christenson said, but may not be able to afford weekly subscriptions.

The grant comes as the need for mental health services grows across Iowa and the rest of the United States in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Christenson said providers have seen elevated levels of anxiety and depression among area residents.

“One of the most important predictors of mental health concerns is trauma, and as a society, we have experienced a nationwide traumatic event,” Christenson said. “No one has really escaped him.”

The scholarship was established by Amanda Langvitt and her family in honor of her late husband, who they say devoted his life to community service as a member of the military and later as a police officer with the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

“My husband has dedicated his life to serving and saving the lives of others,” Langvitt said in a statement. “It fills me with hope and pride knowing that his legacy will continue to serve the community through this scholarship to help others help prevent the same tragedy that took his life.”

Langvitt and her family created the scholarship to help those who want to access mental health services, but are unable to do so because of the cost, she said.

“No one should have to choose between putting food on the table or getting support,” Langfeet said. “We hope this scholarship will change that reality for people in the community.”

Ultimately, Christenson said, the needs of the community will determine how many people will benefit from this grant.

Officials are accepting donations for the Badge 713 Mental Health Scholarship. Donations can be made directly via Venmo to the @713 badge, or sent at Honor-Respect.com.

To access the fund, individuals must apply on the Covenant Family Solutions website at cuthfamilysolutions.com/badge713. They may also contact the Family Covenant Company for more information at (319) 200-5166.

Comments: (319) 398-8469; michaela.ramm@thegazette.com

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