Doc Wayne Youth Services Awarded Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital Community Health Impact Funds

 Funding to Support Mental and Behavioral Health Initiative

 

BOSTON (April 22, 2024) – Doc Wayne Youth Services (“Doc Wayne”), a nonprofit innovator and provider of sport-based mental health therapy for youth, is pleased to announce that we have received Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Community Health Impact Funds to support our Therapeutic Recess programming at schools within several priority neighborhoods for this grant including West Roxbury and Roslindale. Doc Wayne will receive $237,510 over the next three years.

 

The expansion of Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital (BWFH), part of the Mass General Brigham healthcare system, triggered a landmark investment through the Massachusetts Determination of Need (DoN) process. BWFH Community Health Impact Funds were awarded to eight community-based organizations, including Doc Wayne, who proposed initiatives for the community-led, equity-driven priority of mental and behavioral health—including substance use disorders. These initiatives were focused in the Boston neighborhoods of Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, and Roslindale.

 

“It goes without saying that our youth have been through so much over the last several years, we have to do all we can to provide support and help them heal,” commented Doc Wayne CEO David Cohen. “The focus of these funds demonstrates Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital’s understanding of the community’s needs and their commitment to addressing them. The impact they’ll have will improve young lives, families and the community as a whole.”

 

Doc Wayne initiated Therapeutic Recess, a program designed to offer students structure, planned activities, and supervision during their school day recess. This initiative aims to empower students in recognizing, expressing, and managing challenging emotions during recess. Our clinicians assist them in honing prosocial skills and enhancing their ability to independently navigate conflicts with their peers. Moreover, we prioritize the establishment of trusting relationships between students and the coaches and recess staff involved in the program.

 

“Congratulations to Doc Wayne for securing this remarkable mental and behavioral health funding,” said Tracy Sylven, Mass General Brigham’s Director of Community Health for Brigham and Women’s/Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital. “Based on their innovative proposal, we know that they will make a significant impact, and we look forward to finding more ways to collaborate as their program unfolds.”

 

An award-winning nonprofit leading the field of sport-based therapy and catalyzing a mental health movement, Doc Wayne provides training, tools, and services that address emotional, behavioral, traumatic, racial, gender, and cultural-based barriers by providing equitable access to better mental health for all. Its clinician-led curricula put sport into practice, strengthening social-emotional skills in young learners to build healthier, more resilient global communities.

 

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About Doc Wayne Youth Services

Doc Wayne is an innovator and provider of sport-based mental health therapy for youth. We provide services, tools and training that address emotional, behavioral, traumatic, racial, gender, and cultural-based barriers by providing equitable access to better mental health for all. Our clinician-led curricula puts sport into practice; programs are held in a gym or on a field at schools, community centers and in clinical settings. The approach fosters openness and trust that enables healing, the development of life skills and learning teamwork, with the benefits of physical activity. Strengthening the social-emotional skills in young learners helps to build healthier, more resilient global communities. Doc Wayne, headquartered in Boston with an office in Allston, MA, also has a growing team worldwide.

 

About Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital

Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, part of the Mass General Brigham Healthcare system, is a 171-bed non-profit, community teaching hospital located in southwest Boston. Founded in 1900, it offers comprehensive medical, surgical, and psychiatric care as well as complete emergency, ambulatory and diagnostic services. For more information, visit www.brighamandwomensfaulkner.org.

 

About Mass General Brigham

Mass General Brigham is an integrated academic health care system, uniting great minds to solve the hardest problems in medicine for our communities and the world. Mass General Brigham connects a full continuum of care across a system of academic medical centers, community and specialty hospitals, a health insurance plan, physician networks, community health centers, home care, and long-term care services. Mass General Brigham is a nonprofit organization committed to patient care, research, teaching, and service to the community. In addition, Mass General Brigham is one of the nation’s leading biomedical research organization with several Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals. For more information, please visit www.massgeneralbrigham.org.

 

Contact:

Heidi Boie

heidi@goodwin-consulting.com

508-846-5307