Project CHILL (Children receiving Help In Living and Learning), is a unique group prevention program offered to children ages 6-17 who have parents/guardians receiving mental health treatment. This program is designed to help children and youth learn good communication skills, develop positive self-esteem, and gain a better understanding of mental health issues, along with the positive options available to them. This after school and summer enrichment program is offered in a safe, positive, and fun environment. During the summer, particular attention is given to engaging youth in activities that support social skills development and physical activity. Group sessions are extended to allow for fun field trips around the community to local parks, pools, and museums.
The goal of CHILL services is to reduce the impact of parental/caregiver mental illness and/or dysfunction on the life and functioning of children between the ages of six (6) and seventeen (17). This is accomplished through age and developmentally appropriate groups that promote positive social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of the child by improving the child’s development, social/cultural competence, and communication skills at home, in school, and the community.
- Must be between 6 and 17 years of age
- Must live in Kent County
- Have a parent/guardian who is actively involved in mental health services
- Child must NOT be enrolled in any therapy services themselves, including KSSN programing and Family Case Management.
Project CHILL is funded through Network 180 with additional funding provided through grants and community partnerships.
For more information please call (616)-340-9532