Corewell Health Receives Funding to Provide Virtual Behavioral Health Treatment to Underserved Populations

Grand Rapids, Mich., Oct. 2, 2023 – Corewell Health recently received a $17,100 grant from the Community Foundation for Mason County to support its youth behavioral health telemedicine program in rural communities. The award comes partially from Drs. Ruth and John Carney Education Fund and West Shore Bank Spirit of Giving Fund of the Community Foundation for Mason County.

“These funds will be used to support high school students who are in need of financial assistance in order to receive behavioral health treatment,” said Katie Thorsen, manager of virtual health at Corewell Health. “Our goal is to remove barriers and open access to care for behavioral health services.”

Behavioral health issues among adolescents are at an all-time high across the country, and this new program will allow patients to receive quality care in their own communities.

“We are extremely grateful for our partnership with the Mason County Central High School Clinic to support these students, as well as to the Community Foundation for Mason County for their ongoing support,” Thorsen said. “These grant dollars are making a difference in the community by providing access to exceptional and potentially life-saving treatment.”

The Community Foundation for Mason County was created in 1988 by residents to improve the quality of life in their community. A publicly supported community endowment, the Foundation works with donors, grantees, advisers, and residents to identify and support the issues that shape our area. For more information about the Community Foundation for Mason County, call 231.845.0326 or visit

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