Sun | Aug 20, 2017

CDA gets smile mobile

Published:Saturday | April 8, 2017 | 4:49 AM

The Child Development Agency (CDA) has received a Mobile Mental Health Unit, ‘Smile Mobile’, from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

It has been provided under the Transitional Living Programme for Children in State Care  Project.

It is retrofitted with two counselling areas, Wi-Fi service, air conditioning, a refrigerator, sink and cabinets.

The mobile health unit is expected to play a significant role in strengthening the capacity of the CDA to respond to the needs of youth who have been traumatised by various acts of violence and abuse.

During the handover ceremony yesterday, the CDA was also presented with two 15-seater buses, which are expected to meet the transportation needs of children in State care in the southern and western regions of the island.

The Mobile Mental Health Unit, along with one of the buses, will serve the parishes of Clarendon, St Elizabeth and Manchester in the southern region, while the second bus will serve the parishes of Trelawny, St James, Westmoreland and Hanover in the west.

Chief Executive Officer of the CDA, Rosalee Gage-Grey, says the Transitional Living Programme for Children in State Care  Project arose out of the need to mobilise services to provide rapid and consistent psychological interventions to counteract the effect of trauma on the children. 

It is a six-year project that aims to equip youth in State care with life and vocational skills training, mentoring and providing safe and appropriate transitional living facilities for this group.