Press Releases

Rose Announces More than $2.2 Million in Additional Funding for Staten Island Mental Health Society

Funding builds on a $1.8 million grant earlier this year to aid Early Childhood Development Programs

Staten Island, December 3, 2019
Tags: Education

Congressman Max Rose, a former non-profit healthcare executive, announced today that the Staten Island Mental Health Society, a division of Richmond University Medical Center, was awarded more than $2.2 million federal funding, on top of a $1.8 million grant that was awarded earlier this year, to support Head Start programs.


“Once again, I am pleased to see the Administration making this investment in Staten Island’s future,” Rose said. “Earlier federal funding of $1.8 million allowed Staten Island Head Start to expand its programs, I can’t wait to see what they will be able to achieve this time around, with even more resources for our children’s education.”


“Staten Island Head Start is thrilled to continue its early childhood services to the community which began in The Berry Homes in 1965,” said Roseann Catania, Head Start program director. “With this new grant we are able to expand our services to assist toddlers and their families. We now have a total of five Early Head Start classrooms serving 2-year-old children and 13 preschool classrooms serving 3 and 4-year-olds. We thank  Congressman Rose for his continued support of Head Start and early childhood education for all young children.”


The $2,275,607 awarded to the Staten Island Mental Health Society was given by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support Head Start and Early Head Start Programs. Back in July, Rose announced a $1.8 million grant from HHS that allowed the Staten Island Mental Health society to expand its programs to begin working with toddlers in the 24 to 36 month range.


The Staten Island Mental Health Society runs four Head Start and Early Learn Centers which serve more than 300 children at any one time between the ages of 3 and 5 each year. Pre-K is offered at each Head Start center. The programs give each child learning and playing experiences that prepare them for school, academically, emotionally, and socially while providing the children with a wide range of health and social services. In January of 2019, Staten Island Mental Health Society merged with RUMC, making the hospital Staten Island’s leading provider of behavioral health programs for children, adolescents and adults.