The Infinite Campus Foundation was founded in 2009 and is the 501(c)(3) charitable affiliate of Infinite Campus, Inc. The primary focus of the Foundation is identifying and supporting programs and services in the Twin Cities north metro which provide support and services to youth experiencing behavioral health issues. A U.S. Surgeon General report indicates that one in five children and adolescents will face a significant mental health condition during their school years. Mental health disorders affecting children and adolescents can range from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to autism, depression, eating disorders, schizophrenia, and others. Students suffering from these conditions face significant barriers to learning and are less likely to graduate from high school. The Infinite Campus Foundation seeks to fund programs and services which break down these barriers to student achievement.
Congratulations to the Minnesota Prevention and Recovery Alliance (MnPRA) for being selected to lead a pilot program that addresses mental health and addiction issues in Anoka County. While our intent is to eventually create a statewide system, we have decided to launch this initiative with a local, three-phase pilot. Starting in Anoka County will allow us to closely collaborate with providers, maximize consumer awareness and reduce cost. If successful, we will create a plan to scale the platform statewide in partnership with the appropriate state agencies.
Pilot Summary Finding the right service provider is key to behavioral health recovery. The goal of this project is to create an online resource that connects those in need of behavioral health services with the provider most appropriate for them. More than a directory, the platform will provide computer-driven recommendations, consumer reviews and live support.
Thank you to all the organizations that applied for the Infinite Campus Foundation Mental Health and Addiction Network prize. We wish all applicants continued success in helping address mental health and addiction issues in our communities.
WARM program expansion – the Washburn Acute Response Model (WARM) connects a family with a therapist specializing in transitional support to families following a doctor or hospital assessment for a young person's mental health crisis. Therapists offer an intensive, at-home 12-week program that helps a family stabilize and build a long-term safety and therapy plan. The program was piloted within the Allina Health system, and they are working on expanding it to other major health providers in the Twin Cities. The Infinite Campus Foundation funding will help cover the onboarding of new therapists.
In partnership with MacPhail Center for Music, hour long music therapy sessions are provided twice a week on Mercy Hospital’s inpatient mental health geriatric unit. Led by a board certified music therapist, the sessions include rhythmic instrument playing, movement to music, songwriting, and therapeutic singing which foster developmentally appropriate social, communication, cognitive, and physical skill growth while encouraging active participation. Unit staff report these sessions are a highlight of the week and even patients who are typically withdrawn and isolated participate in the group which enhances the clinical effectiveness of the overall programming. The funding will help provide these music therapy sessions.
The Infinite Campus Foundation was pleased to donate $50,000 to Cambia Hills, which concludes a two-part $100,000 commitment of operating funds to help them during their first year.
Cambia Hills is Minnesota's first psychiatric residential treatment facility for youth ages 6-to-17 (which also serves as a school). They opened their doors last year just after the pandemic started and provided treatment and care for 30 kids in a facility that has a 60 patient maximum, until they recently closed in 2021.
The Infinite Campus Foundation was pleased to contribute $10,000 in sponsorship of the United Hospital Foundation’s Service to Humanity Virtual Gala. The Virtual Gala is meant to raise funds and awareness of Unity Hospital’s Mental Health and Addiction services and facilities. The United Hospital Foundation’s event page offers this information about the event:
Celebrating philanthropy and gathering virtually as a community to support our healthcare has never seemed more important. This year, every dollar contributed will be considered an outright gift – completely tax deductible, and will support the Mental Health and Addiction campaign at United Hospital.
The demand for mental health services continues to accelerate, especially as the unsettling COVID-19 pandemic up-ends nearly every aspect of our lives. United Hospital Foundation is elevating our commitment to exceptional care through the campaign, to create distinctive Mental Health Healing Spaces at United Hospital. You have the power to continue to save lives, improve quality of life, and reduce the adverse effects of addiction on individuals and families. Your support will allow better care for members of our families, neighborhoods, and communities.
This program resonates well with the Infinite Campus Foundation’s charter, which includes support for Mental Health programs that support our neighbors in the Twin Cities North Metro while continuing to support the affinity relationship between Infinite Campus, its Foundation and Allina Health.
The Infinite Campus Foundation is honored to support local healthcare workers through the donation of 45 iPads to Mercy Hospital. The iPads will facilitate the delivery of therapeutic mental health programming for patients isolated by COVID-19. Workers will use the iPads to serve patients throughout Mercy Hospital including in the inpatient mental health setting, the emergency department, and the medical/surgical units.
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The Infinite Campus Foundation contributed $300,000 in matching funds to Allina Health Mercy Hospital Foundation's 2015 Community Giving Campaign to help create the Mental Health and Addiction Triage Line, a 24-hour confidential triage line for patients, family members and staff to turn to for help to start the conversation. One call could make all the difference.
In 2016, The Foundation donated $50,000 to the Crystal Ball Fund-A-Need for Mercy Hospital Foundation to provide new inpatient “Healing Spaces” at Unity to help patients struggling with mental health and addiction thrive in settings that recognize their personal dignity and receive care in a highly effective and compassionate setting.
In 2018, The Foundation donated $25,000 to the Crystal Ball Fund-A-Need for Mercy Hospital Foundation benefiting the substance abuse and addiction services area at Unity campus, to enhance patient experience and promote Whole Person Care.
Thank you, Allina Health for letting the Foundation be a part of this wonderful initiative.
The Infinite Campus Foundation contributed $5,000 to HOPE 4 Youth for youth experiencing homelessness as well as families to find shelter, food and mental health services.
HOPE 4 Youth is 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Coon Rapids, Minnestoa that meets the needs of young people (ages 23 and under) experiencing homelessness in the community as well as those who are at risk of becoming homeless.
On any given night, there are more than 6,000 homeless young people in
the State of Minnesota staying on the streets, many of them right here
in our community. HOPE 4 Youth works hard to change the life trajectories of the
youth who need them. Whether they need basic
necessities – food from the food pantry, clothes from the clothing
closet, a hot shower, a hot, nutritious meal, or personal hygiene items –
or help finding housing, securing employment, finishing their
education, or accessing health care, HOPE 4 Youth helps put them on a path forward.