AAWGT: Making a difference in our community!
2016 Grantee: Arundel Lodge
Marcus Youth and Family Center
This year’s AAWGT grant to Arundel Lodge is being used to help pay for the use of medical interpreters.
Arundel Lodge has been providing mental health services in the community since 1975. Their mission is to improve the lives of children, adults and families impacted by mental health and substance use disorders. In November 2015, the Marcus Youth and Family Center at Arundel Lodge was opened to fill a void in Anne Arundel County and expand mental health services for youth, 4-17 years of age, and their families. Within ten months of opening the Center, more than 200 children are being served , about 33% of whom are Hispanic. Many of the parents/guardians of these children and some of the children themselves do not speak English, making it a challenge to provide care. Hispanics are the fastest growing, non-English speaking minority group in Anne Arundel County. It is estimated that about 150 - 230 Hispanic children, in the Annapolis area alone, will require services this year to help deal with the trauma they have experienced before and since arriving.
Finding psychiatrists or nurse practitioners who specialize in children are generally difficult to come by. Finding individuals for these positions who are bilingual has proven fruitless. Arundel Lodge has one Spanish-speaking therapist who can treat older children, but the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP), who prescribes medications to children and the younger child therapists in the Marcus Youth and Family Center, does not speak Spanish. In order to provide proper care including therapy and family involvement, obtaining parental consents, explaining proper medication use, side-effects, answering questions, plus follow-up for medication evaluation and management, and involving parents in the therapy process, Arundel Lodge needs to hire certified medical interpreters. The cost per appointment for an interpreter is approximately $75/hr. plus travel. This is a NON-reimbursable expense through any private or public insurance.
Helping Children Heal at Arundel Lodge