Valley Children’s Cystic Fibrosis Center and Department of Pediatric Psychology were recently awarded a three-year, $150,000 grant from the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). The grant provides funding for a Mental Health Coordinator to implement “Depression and Anxiety” guidelines from the CFF. This includes the screening of patients – and their parents – for any mental health concerns, ensuring families receive the help they need, if they are struggling with diagnosis and treatment.
Cystic Fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe. Valley Children’s Hospital is recognized as a CFF-accredited center and sees more than 170 patients a year who voluntarily participate in a research project that compares their progress to patients at other recognized centers across the nation. The goal? To use the data to develop a cure.