Door to Hope Behavioral Health Non-profit Receives Two Grants from Local Foundations Totaling $50,000 for Electronic Health Records System

SALINAS, CA — Door to Hope, a non-profit organization that provides behavioral health and innovative family health programs to individuals and families in Monterey County, announced grants totaling $50,000 from Dr. Frank Pye Smith Medical Facilities Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County and Harden Foundation to purchase and implement an electronic health records system for its MCSTART Clinic.

Door to Hope received $35,000 from the Dr. Frank Pye Smith Medical Facilities Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County on July 22, and $15,000 from the Harden Foundation on Aug. 1.

The funds will be utilized for a electronic health records system for the innovative  MCSTART (Monterey County Screening Team for Assessment, Referral and Treatment) program’s clinic.

“By implementing an electronic health records system, Door to Hope’s MCSTART Clinic will build capacity and improve client services,” said Executive Director, Chris Shannon. “An EHR is proven to increase productivity, streamline billing, and will link to the County of Monterey’s own EHR system for improved communications and elimination of duplicating reports. It will significantly improve workflows and organization of complex information and a tremendous benefit will be a reduction of errors in document management and clinical care.”

Shannon said the system will be implemented within the next year.

For more information, call (831) 758-0181 or email

Each year more than 800 infants in Monterey County suffer prenatal trauma from alcohol and/or drugs, and another 3,000 suffer from postnatal domestic violence or trauma. MCSTART helps infants and young children who have experienced trauma, domestic violence and/or prenatal substance exposure.

Children referred to MCSTART undergo comprehensive medical, cognitive, behavioral, social, emotional and educational developmental assessments. The evaluating team of professionals develop appropriate treatment strategies to help ensure the children receive the early intervention services they need.

About Door to Hope:
When people of any age struggle with addiction, mental health issues, trauma or an unstable home life, they need competent and compassionate care. Door to Hope’s licensed, certified and professional staff bring an exceptional level of expertise and a warm, supportive approach.

In 1971, Door to Hope opened its doors when three local women created a residential treatment center for women who were struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. Over the years, Door to Hope has grown to provide behavioral health services to individuals and families in Monterey County.

Currently, Door to Hope has 10 programs to help infants, children, teenagers, men, women and families. The organization has helped thousands to restore hope, happiness and productivity, and have enriched our communities in the process.

For more information, visit the Door to Hope website at

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