Cook County Awards Grant Funding

Cook County Department of Public Health Awards One Million Dollars in Grant Funding to District 15 Organizations

Organizations include the Hoffman Estates Department of Health and Human Services, the Kenneth Young Center, Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault, and NAMI Metro Suburban

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – March 1st, 2023 – Cook County Health recently announced a new set of grants as part of Cook County Department of Public Health’s “Building Healthier Communities: Behavioral Health Initiative.” The initiative is intended to support behavioral health services, positive youth development, and opioid overdose prevention and harm reduction programs throughout suburban Cook County.

The Hoffman Estates Department of Health and Human Services, The Kenneth Young Center, The HiNorthwest Center Against Sexual Assault, and NAMI Metro Suburban have all been selected to receive $250,000 in grant support as part of the initiative.

“I am grateful that several organizations in the Northwest Suburbs have been selected due to the critical services they provide and will be receiving direct aid to continue supporting our community. I am always proud when my efforts to advocate for more resources in our district comes to fruition, and I applaud Cook County’s continued commitment to expanding mental and behavioral health services,” said Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison.

“Kenneth Young Center is incredibly proud and grateful for the support and investment from the Cook County Department of Public Health for our Positive Youth Development programs,” said Grace Hong Duffin, CEO of the Kenneth Young Center. “In collaboration with our communities, we empower and engage young people to express their authentic selves, make healthy lifestyle choices, and fulfill their personal goals. These funds ensure we can expand and continue evidence-based programs that help youth and families thrive in our community.”

The funding will be dispersed over a four-year period. The grants are supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Treasury under the American Rescue Plan Act. The “Building Healthier Communities: Behavioral Health Initiative” will address inequities in mental health and substance use in suburban Cook County.

Additional information on the grants may be found at