OMAHA, Nebraska (April 4, 2023) – A unique partnership between global agribusiness Scoular and nationally recognized Boys Town will provide mental health care services to both Scoular families and to youth in the Omaha community.
Recognizing the growing need for timely access to mental health care, the Scoular Foundation has provided $250,000 to Boys Town to offset the administrative costs of providing increased mental health care by a licensed psychologist dedicated to the new partnership. The psychologist will serve the children of Scoular employees as well as prioritize services to children in the North and South Omaha communities, and those enrolled in the Boys Town LIFT Together program. LIFT Together is a prevention initiative that provides adolescents living in North and South Omaha with resources to improve school success and family stability.
The Scoular donation is providing this funding to offset the skyrocketing costs of these services and the difficulty hiring mental health professionals. The generous donation will help attract exceptional candidates to the job.
In addition, Scoular CEO Paul Maass said that Scoular is committed to expanding the concept by providing an additional $250,000 to another agency for mental health services.
The donation is intended to help address what experts are calling an unprecedented mental health crisis, driven significantly by a lack of access to trained providers. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, one in five Nebraskans experienced a mental health challenge in any given year. Over the past two years, the number has increased to one in three.
“We have heard countless stories from community members and mental health advocates that it can take months to obtain an appointment to see a mental health care provider,” Maass said. “We want to help solve this problem by providing a more timely path to care and healing, for both our employees’ children and for children in the community.”
A shortage of mental health care providers has intensified the challenge, which the Scoular donation is addressing by its size and scope.
“The need for mental and behavioral health services has increased dramatically over the past several years and the availability of services has not kept pace,” said Dr. Patrick Friman, Vice President of Behavioral Health at Boys Town. “Stepping up to help address this growing need, the Scoular Foundation has committed to partner with Boys Town by supplying two years of innovative foundational funding for a specially trained adolescent therapist.”
Scoular employs 160 people at its global headquarters in Omaha and 1,400 worldwide. Its foundation is a private philanthropic organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of human life in the communities where Scoular employees work and live.
About Boys Town
For more than 100 years, Boys Town has been a beacon of hope for America’s children and families through its life-changing youth care and healthcare programs. Each year almost 500,000 children and families across the United States are impacted by Boys Town programs. Our organization makes a positive impact and improves the lives of those in need and provides care and support for at-risk children and families across the country. We do this through our Medical Specialties, Youth Services and Crises Hotline. You can find more information about Boys Town online at www.Boystown.org.
Scoular is an employee-owned, over $9B agribusiness leading the way since 1892. We buy, sell, store, handle and process grain and ingredients by leveraging our global networks and expertise in international trade and transportation. Employing 1,400 people in more than 100 offices and facilities in North America and Asia, we provide safe and reliable solutions to farmers, grain processors, renewable energy producers and manufacturers of animal feed, aquafeed and pet food as well as food, beverages and supplements. Scoular ranks 48th on the Forbes list of America’s largest private companies.