NAPA – More than a half-million dollars was awarded to 11 nonprofit organizations that provide community health services by the Napa County Board of Supervisors with funds from the Tobacco Master Settlement.

The County Health and Human Services Agency this year budgeted $941,000 for expenditures from the settlement fund, the county said. Of that total, a little over $320,000 was committed to six multi-year grants that were approved by the Board of Supervisors in 2008, and another $100,000 was allocated by the board for the Children’s Health Initiative Napa County.

Recipients of the settlement fund, which will begin being paid in September, include:

*        Napa Emergency Women’s Services, which received $40,000 for case management and counseling services for victims of domestic violence;

*        St. Helena Family Center, which received $25,000 for individual and group therapy and other safety-net services;

*        Parent-Child Advocacy Network, which received $49,000 to provide support, information and guidance to parents of children with mental illness conditions such as autism, attention deficit disorder and other behavioral issues;

*        Alternatives for Better Living, which received $13,000 to provide extended anger management services for at-risk high school students and to assess how effective the program is;

*        Planned Parenthood, which received $60,000 to increase access to medical services and health education for preventative education on pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections for youth and low-income Latino adults;

*        Family Service of Napa Valley, which received $69,000 to provide affordable psychotherapy services in English and Spanish to uninsured and underinsured Napa County residents;

*        Community Action of Napa Valley, which received $25,000 to fund a program for quitting smoking and addressing second-hand smoke in multi-unit housing;

*        Legal Aid, which received nearly $75,000 to establish a Medical League Partnership of Napa Valley that allies the county health care providers with Legal Aid attorneys who would help with basic needs;

*        COPE, which received $60,000 to provide access to services and subsidy programs for low-income families;

*        Puertas Abiertas, which received $60,000 to connect access to health and social services as well as case mentoring to Latinos; and

*        Calistoga Family Center, which received $40,000 to remove barriers for low-income families to basic social safety-net services.