Mental Health Advocates of WNY (formerly Mental Health Association of Erie County)

Service Innovation & Impact Initiative

“The Service Innovation & Impact Initiative (SIII) includes a group of ten health and human service organizations located in the WNY region. The overall intent is to streamline services at a single location to create better options for clients and increased agency efficiency. The shared space project will reduce administrative costs and allow the collaborative to devote more time and resources to direct services.”

CATEGORY: Strengthening Partner Capacity
LOCATION: Buffalo, NY
AMOUNT: $150,000 over One Year
YEAR AWARDED: 2018
WEBSITE: www.eriemha.org


Gigi’s Playhouse: Providing a Welcoming Community Space for Individuals Living with Down Syndrome in Western New York

A former beauty school in Buffalo is now a lively gathering place for people with Down syndrome and their families. The spacious, welcoming site is GiGi’s Playhouse Buffalo, a local organization connected to the GiGi’s Playhouse national network of 51 Down syndrome Achievement Centers. Renovations to the space were complete and Executive Director Emily Mondschein … Continued