Sheppard Pratt today announced the opening of its new Sheppard Pratt Community Wellness Hub, a collective of nonprofit community partners that will work collaboratively in one location to serve the health, social, and workforce service needs of residents in Northern Montgomery County. This multi-sector collaborative approach aims to provide an integrated, place-based response to the increasing economic, health, educational, and social disparities in Germantown, Maryland. The Sheppard Pratt Community Wellness Hub seeks to assure safe relationships and environments for children and families, improve academic achievement, and improve health outcomes for participants.
The Community Wellness Hub concept was envisioned as part of the Thriving Germantown community-based strategy to address the nonprofit service desert in upper Montgomery County, which was experiencing the fastest population growth as well as increasing socioeconomic challenges. The Hub offers an opportunity for nonprofits to co-locate and provide comprehensive services onsite as well as connect the community with other vital resources.
Sheppard Pratt’s Thriving Germantown, a case management and service coordination program, is one of the Community Wellness Hub partners operating from the location along with: American Diversity Group, Care for Your Health, EveryMind, National Capital Presbytery (Germantown Global Connection, Creekside Church and Earthen Hands), Healthcare Initiative Foundation, Sheppard Pratt School and Community Youth Services, UMAN Main, Casa Ruben Foundation, and Upcounty HUB.
“The Sheppard Pratt Community Wellness Hub is a bridge that will link families to resources,” says Harsh K. Trivedi, MD, MBA, president and CEO of Sheppard Pratt. “It’s a one-stop-shop where residents in need can access the supports that will improve their lives and help them thrive. Our communities need more collaborative approaches like the Hub in order to help vulnerable members of our community achieve mental wellness and access to much needed services.”
Participants are connected to a variety of resources, from free English as a second language (ESOL) classes; food and housing assistance; crisis and emergency services; to childcare and other educational resources; dental, health, and vision services; mental health services; legal services; workforce development; and more.
“The county is proud to support Sheppard Pratt’s Community Wellness Hub to ensure all residents can thrive in a more equitable and inclusive Montgomery County,” says The Honorable County Executive Marc Elrich. “The Community Wellness Hub supports our vision for the county by improving access to services and relieving stress on families by connecting them to much needed resources. The Hub is a welcome addition to the suite of services that support our residents.”
The Sheppard Pratt Community Wellness Hub is made possible in part due to a $1 million dollar bond bill from the State of Maryland and a $600,000 grant from Montgomery County, as well as a $100,000 contribution from the National Capital Presbytery.
About Sheppard Pratt
Sheppard Pratt is the largest private, nonprofit provider of mental health, substance use, developmental disability, special education, and social services in the country. A nationwide resource, Sheppard Pratt provides services across a comprehensive continuum of care, spanning both hospital- and community-based resources. Since its founding in 1853, Sheppard Pratt has been innovating the field through research, best practice implementation, and a focus on improving the quality of mental health care on a global level. Sheppard Pratt has been consistently recognized as a top national psychiatric hospital by U.S. News & World Report for more than 30 years.