St. Louis Mental Health Board Project Director Jan Ashbrook listens to jokes offered by some ASAP after school students at Peabody ElementaryFew organizations in the area can attest to how quality education-based environments can contribute to a child’s development as can the St. Louis Mental Health Board (MHB). Since 2006, MHB has seen the value of well-structured after school programs, and the positive results they can achieve.
There is a reason for MHB’s significant investment, $700,000 to be exact, in public after school programs, even though needs are great in other areas as well.
“Prior to the passage of Proposition K in November of 2004, we funded treatment programming through our Mental Health Fund,” said Don Cuvo, MHB’s Executive Director. “On the treatment side, we were able to see the results when after school services were not offered. When funding became available through the Community Children’s Services Fund, we were able to also direct funds toward areas of prevention.”