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HARRISBURG, PA – Attorney General Michelle Henry announced significant financial support for two Philadelphia-based nonprofit organizations, the Center for Families and Relationships (CFAR) and Project HOME, to improve their mental health services. Each organization will receive $520,125, funded by settlement payments from a fraud and money laundering case involving the now-defunct Juniata Community Mental Health Clinic (JCMHC).

The restitution is part of a criminal case brought by the U.S. Department of Justice and is intended to replenish resources in the community affected by the clinic's closure. The funds were secured following the conviction of several defendants in the JCMHC case, and the distribution of the funds was court-approved by the Office of the Attorney General.

Attorney General Henry emphasized the selected organizations' commitment to supporting vulnerable groups and stated that these funds will help expand their services to more individuals in need. “This is a pivotal moment for these organizations to enhance and expand their influential programs,” she noted.

CFAR specializes in mental health counseling for youth, families, and couples, with a particular focus on trauma resulting from gun violence. The bilingual program also supports uninsured children and families in need of mental health services.

Project HOME, known for its work in combating homelessness and promoting mental health, will also benefit from the additional funds and advance its mission to help Philadelphia's underserved populations.

U.S. Attorney Jacqueline Romero of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania praised the cooperation of law enforcement agencies that led to the recovery and redistribution of the funds. “It is gratifying to see these funds directly benefit those in our community who need mental health care,” Romero said.

The checks were recently sent to the organizations along with the judge's approval, marking a new chapter in their charitable efforts.

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