October 17th marked the 18th annual Bridging the Gap gala – an event that raises awareness and funds for Integral Care’s programs and services. This year’s gala raised over $100,000 to enhance and expand programs and services for substance use disorders. It also marked the reveal of the foundation’s name change from New Milestones Foundation to Integral Care Foundation. This year’s event featured a keynote address from author and addiction recovery advocate Brian Cuban. The 2019 Champion Award was presented to Wes Hurt, Founder of CLEAN Cause which uses 50% of its profits to fund 30-day sober living home scholarships for individuals in recovery.
Proceeds from the gala will go directly to support Integral Care’s services for substance use disorders including intensive in-patient treatment, integrated mental and primary healthcare, case management, transitional living housing, and outpatient detox and support.
- Substance use impacts our community in many ways and we see the consequences of harmful substance use every day.
- A substance use disorder is a medical condition where an individual uses one or more substances, like painkillers, drugs or alcohol that negatively impact their life. It isn’t a character flaw. It is a brain-based disorder.
- Millions of people struggle with substance use disorder. Substance use is rarely an “at home” problem and can affect every aspect of a person’s life, including school, community, and work.
- An estimated 74,357 adults in Travis County were dependent on drugs and alcohol in 2012. (That’s enough people to almost fill the University of Texas’ football stadium.)
SUBSTANCE ABUSE EFFECTS ON EMPLOYERS
- An employee that has a substance use disorder, can unwittingly cause problems at work that are related to their substance use.
- 70% of Americans who use illegal drugs are currently employed in the workplace.
$81 BILLION PER YEAR –
- Researchers estimate that lost work, healthcare costs, and low productivity cost businesses $81 billion dollars every year.
- Some other consequences are increased health care costs, human resources issues, legal liabilities, and workers’ compensation costs
The number of people with substance use disorders continues to grow. However, recovery is possible through a variety of pathways. Integral Care is the leader in Travis County by providing myriad programs and services for children, adults, and families who are impacted by substance use disorders.
WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN WITH US TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
|WHAT:||Integral Care Foundation – 2019 Bridging the Gap Gala|
|WHEN:||October 17, 2019 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.|
|WHERE:||Omni Hotel Southpark – 4140 Governors Row, Austin, TX 78744|
|WHY:||Raising funds for Integral Care’s substance use disorders programs/services.|
Thanks to you, we had a successful fundraiser and spread awareness about mental health. Together, we launched #MentalHeathMonth 2019 with a rowdy, good time.
We are delighted to have you partner with us in creating positive change and building the health and well-being of our community. We look forward to seeing you at other Integral Care Foundation events in the future.
Join Mike and the Moonpies in Austin on May 1st at Antone’s for a special night benefiting Integral Care Foundation! Gonna be a rowdy, good time! Ticket proceeds will go directly to Integral Care Foundation. These funds will help bridge the gaps between what is and what can be, between government-funded and specialized services – all to expand and strengthen the programs and services of Integral Care.
Mike and the Moonpies are blue collar honky tonk heroes from Austin Texas. The working man’s working band. It was formed by singer-songwriter Mike Harmeier in 2007. Its members are Harmeier and drummer Kyle Ponder, guitarist Caitlin Rutherford, bassist Omar Oyoque, and steel guitarist Zachary Moulton. “Steak Night at the Prairie Rose” was recently listed at #17 on Rolling Stone’s Best Country/Americana Albums of 2018.
Antone’s Night Club
305 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78701
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Doors open at 7:00 PM
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We are so grateful for your generous donations to New Milestones foundation during Amplify Austin 2019. You join many other committed and motivated people who choose to invest in the building blocks that create transformative change in people’s lives. For that, we thank you.
With your help, we managed to raise over $7,000, doubling our original goal of $3,500. Because of this, we have had the most successful Amplify Campaign in Integral Care Foundation’s history.
We are honored to have you partner with us in creating positive change and the well being of our community.
YOU can help us reach our goal of raising $3.5K to continue bridging the gap between government-funded and specialized services – all to amplify and strengthen the programs and services of Integral Care.
Integral Care Foundation is growing this year to include more peer-to-peer fundraiser pages – and invite you to join in the fun!
WHAT: Your time, talent and treasure.WHERE TO GIVE:On our Amplify Austin Profile page
Ways to help
- Organize a fundraising page on GiveGab and raise donations.
- In “Nonprofit Supporter” picture, click on “Join An Existing Nonprofit” and after signing up, designate “Integral Care Foundation”.
- Email personal networks with links to your page, and Integral Care Foundation’s (NMF) donation page.
- Promote links on social
media: Twitter, and Facebook
- Email personal networks with link to NMF donation page.
- Promote links on
social media: Twitter, and Facebook.
- Donate funds to NMF Page to help reach the Amplify Goal.
- Suggested: Donates to other NMF Catalysts’ pages.
Through your generosity, you are part of the building blocks that create transformative change in people’s lives. We are honored to have you partner with us in creating positive change and building the well-being of our community.
Mental illness still hides in the shadows of society. Many think it’s rare–it happens to someone else or someone else’s family. The reality is one in five adults will suffer some type of mental disorder in a given year. In KLRU’s latest Decibel special, Central Texans share their personal journeys – and the report looks at innovative ways our community is offering hope and healing.
View the video here: “Ending the Stigma”.12-29.2018
YOU HELPED BUILD A BRIDGE and HONORED A MENTAL HEALTH CHAMPION!
A TEXAS-SIZED THANK YOU to all who participated or donated to Integral Care Foundation’s
17th Annual Bridging the Gap gala on November 1, 2018.
Through your compassion and generosity, Integral Care’s program called The Inn will now be able to bridge the gap between what government funds and what makes for a high quality environment of care for one of the most under-served populations in the United States. That is, individuals who experience a dual diagnosis of mental illness and a disability like cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, intellectual impairment, childhood traumatic brain injury or deafness and communication difficulties.
With proceeds from the gala, the Inn staff will have the latest evidence-based tools and therapeutic supplies like a relaxing sensory light machine, a b-Calm headphone system, calming, weighted blankets, a tactile interactive all panel that promotes mental and physical relaxation, a sensory garden, and specialized training. Now, more people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities who also have a mental illness will receive the help they need to regain stability by providing psychiatric care, medicine, 24/7 nursing, alcohol and drug use recovery support and mental health support groups. Staff and The Inn also help that person develop a plan for staying safe and stable by connecting them to ongoing services with Integral Care and other community resources.
We also had the privilege of honoring Dr. Clay Johnston, Dean of the Dell Medical School, as the 2018 Mental Health Champion. We’re in an exciting time in our community when it comes to mental health and integration. Ground-breaking initiatives are significantly improving the lives of people living with mental illness. Dell Medical School is leading initiatives and partnering across the community to improve mental health care. One such effort is the redesign of the Austin State Hospital, championed by Senator Kirk and ably led by Dell Medical School’s Chair of Psychiatry Dr. Steve Strakowski. This could only happen because of the vision for a medical school that is committed to helping our local community solve some of the biggest challenges we face.
Dr. Johnston’s ambitious vision guides the medical school here in Austin. That vision is laser-focused on solutions, innovation, and deeper integration of care, with a core belief that health is improved when the whole person is treated. Integral Care is proud to have Dell Med as a partner. Dell Med students experience first-hand the importance of community-based services, shadowing Integral Care staff in the field on a weekly basis, as they support the mental health of individuals experiencing homelessness, crisis, or living with HIV. The two organizations also are leveraging their combined skill sets at the Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences, and helping meet our community’s growing need for access to quality mental health care, substance use disorder care, and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The bridge you built will transport people with IDD and mental illness who find themselves in crisis situations to hope, recovery, and wellness. Your support creates transformative change in individual lives, improving the wellbeing of our overall community.
On Tuesday, actor, author and JFK’s nephew, Christopher Kennedy Lawford passed away. Mr. Lawford was the keynote speaker at Integral Care Foundation’s 2006 Bridging the Gap gala where he shared his personal story of addition and recovery. For the past two decades, he has traveled the country talking about his lived experience with drug addiction in order to change people’s perceptions of the illness. We honor his memory and thank him for impacting so many lives.
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