Guthrie Awards Grants to Two Local Mental Health Programs

August 31, 2023

Guthrie’s Community Benefit Grant Program awarded $10,000 to two local programs that focus on improving mental health care in the areas we serve.

$5,000 was awarded to Family and Children's Service of Ithaca in support of its clinical internship program which provides mental health interns with high-quality education, hands-on learning, and support. The goal of the program is to bring new providers to the area and improve mental health care access for the community. Family and Children's Service of Ithaca served 1,289 people in 2022. 

$5,000 was also awarded to The Potter's Hands Foundation in Corning in support of its mental health coaching program which supports women who have survived sex trafficking. The goal of the program is to provide survivors with physical, emotional, and spiritual healing, and teach them the skills necessary for self-reliance and reintegration to society. The Foundation operates the only 12-month residential, treatment-specific facility for sex trafficked survivors in the Southern Tier and Western New York.

These grants were awarded as part of Guthrie’s Community Benefit Grant Program, which funds projects based on Guthrie’s Community Health Needs Assessment. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requires non-profit hospitals to complete a community needs assessment (CHNA) every three years. The following areas of need were identified for 2020-2023: obesity, access to mental health providers, and cancer incidence with a focus on tobacco usage. The Community Benefit Committee continues to seek opportunities to support local nonprofits addressing mental health needs. Guthrie is proud to support an organization providing dignity to children experiencing traumatic circumstances and supporting their physical needs during a vulnerable time.

For more information about Guthrie’s Community Benefit Grant Program, including instructions on how to apply for a grant, visit

The Guthrie Clinic is a non-profit multispecialty health system that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Based in Sayre, Pennsylvania, The Guthrie Clinic is one of the nation’s longest established group practices, founded in 1910 by Dr. Donald Guthrie with a vision of providing patient-centered care through a clinically-integrated network of employed providers. It is an industry leader in the use of technology and electronic medical records to provide high-quality care. Among The Guthrie Clinic’s 6,500 caregivers are more than 700 physicians and advanced practice providers, representing the spectrum of medical specialties and sub-specialties. The Guthrie Clinic is a five-hospital system with a large network of outpatient facilities that spans nearly 9,000 square miles in Pennsylvania and upstate New York. It is dedicated to training the next generation of health care leaders, offering seven residencies and three fellowships.      
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