Partnership for the Public Good

Decriminalizing Behavioral Health: A WNY Coalition to Separate Mental Health and Substance Use Response from the Punitive Justice System

Young people with mental health challenges and substance use disorders often end up in the punitive justice system, with increased contacts with police and increased rates of arrest that negatively impact their well-being and opportunities. This coalition will work to reverse this trend, bringing healthcare and civilian response models to WNY.

CATEGORY: Community Change
AMOUNT: $200,000

Perpetual Motion

Have you heard the Tower Foundation’s origin story?  It has now been freshly told by Cassandra Gainer in the recent issue of Traffic East, a Western New York journal celebrating entrepreneurial and creative energy.  Gainer interviewed daughters Mollie Byrnes and Cynthia Doyle in telling the story of Peter and Elizabeth Tower’s life together and how they came … Continued