Lindner Center of HOPE, a comprehensive mental health center in Mason, Ohio, has announced commitments totaling $75 million to enhance treatment for people with mental health disorders and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.
The commitments include a $50 million challenge gift from Cincinnati philanthropists Linda and Harry Fath and $25 million from Frances and Craig Lindner in response to the Faths' gift. To be disbursed over the donors' lifetimes, the gifts — the largest ever to the Lindner Center of HOPE — will support the development of clinical programs for a range of conditions, including depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, substance use, and eating disorders. The funds also will support research, professional education, and capital improvements, as well as public outreach efforts designed to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and financial assistance for patients who are reimbursed at lower levels by the federal government and private insurance carriers.
In recognition of the Faths' commitment, the center will name the position of chief research officer and director, the inpatient units for adults and young adults, and the center's endowment fund in their honor.
"My family believes in the power of the Lindner Center of HOPE's diagnostic and treatment programs to help people who have lost hope," said Harry Fath, owner of a real estate management firm. "It is time to break the silence associated with mental health and recognize much more must be done to understand, treat, and care for people with mental illnesses."
"Frances and I were so moved by the incredible generosity of Linda and Harry Fath that we have decided to contribute an additional $25 million to the endowment fund," said American Financial Group co-CEO and co-president Craig Lindner, who founded the center with his wife, Frances, and serves as board chair. "Our hope is that others will join us in the effort to help more people on the road to mental wellness through the Lindner Center of HOPE."
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