The Helen Ross McNabb Foundation surpassed its $1.1 million campaign goal, raising $1.7 million to expand the ChildNet East Tennessee program which will provide greater access to mental health care for uninsured children in East Tennessee.
Due to the successful fundraising campaign, uninsured children in Campbell, Blount, Hamblen, Knox and Sevier counties and the surrounding communities now have access to quality mental health care through ChildNet East Tennessee, a program of the Helen Ross McNabb Center. ChildNet East Tennessee reaches out to children ages 2 through 18, with mental, emotional or behavioral problems who are uninsured or have a mental health diagnosis that is not covered by insurance or other funding sources.
Father and son duo, Bo Shafer and Andy Shafer of Shafer Insurance, spearheaded the effort as the campaign’s co-chairs. Through their fundraising efforts, ChildNet East Tennessee has the capacity to serve at least 200 children per year for five years. ChildNet is the only program of its kind in East Tennessee. While there are numerous children’s mental health services in the East Tennessee region, the McNabb Center is unique in its work to raise philanthropic funds to provide an integrated service team of psychiatrists, nurses, therapists and case managers for uninsured children. Services offered include psychiatric assessment, therapy, medication evaluation, counseling and case management.
“Without the proper care, children with mental illness can develop long-term dysfunction affecting every aspect of a child’s life, including their education, family and future success,” says Andy Black, CEO/President of the Helen Ross McNabb Center. “The corporations, foundations and private donors who contributed to the wildly successful campaign have made a direct impact in the lives of children in East Tennessee. They have given a door of opportunity and something even more powerful - hope.”
Leading gifts in the campaign include: Pilot Corporation, Clayton Family Foundation, Clayton Homes, Regal Entertainment Group Foundation, Haslam Family Foundation and Equitas Group.
Donations to ChildNet East Tennessee can be made on the Center’s website, www.mcnabbcenter.org/foundation or by check, payable to Helen Ross McNabb Foundation, mailed to 201 West Springdale Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917.
The Helen Ross McNabb Center is in its 63rd year of providing quality mental health care services in East Tennessee. In 1948, the Center began as a child guidance clinic and has evolved through the years to become a multi-service regional agency. The Center currently operates in 17 counties, providing mental health care, addiction/recovery treatment and social services for nearly 10,000 children, adults and families. For more information, visit www.mcnabbcenter.org or call 865-637-9711.