Stand Up for Kids!

On Saturday, September 10, 2016, Kids Talk hosted its’ 2nd Annual Stand Up For Kids fundraising event at the beautiful Paramount Theatre Ballroom.  This event consisted of a fun night of clean comedy and delicious food.  A record 350 people were in attendance this year which is approximately 100 more guests than last year!  This year’s event featured an amateur comedy competition consisting of Chief Deputy Prosecutor Steve Koester, Aspire Indiana’s Chief Operating Officer, Barbara Scott, Community Hospital Anderson President and Chief Executive Officer, Beth Tharp, Elwood Mayor Todd Jones, and Judge Thomas Newman, Jr. Each competitor was competing to benefit a local non-profit agency that serves children. After a close heated battle between the competitors, COO Barbara Scott received the most audience votes.   For her efforts, Dove Harbor will receive a $1,000 donation from Kids Talk.  The laughs continued throughout the night as Shawn Reynolds opened up the show followed by the headliner, Jeff Caldwell.  

Kids Talk had 53 silent auction items including gift cards, gift baskets, Colt’s tickets, a SWAT Experience, and much, much more.  The silent auction brought in over $5,500!  This year Kids Talk was fortunate enough to have a 14k white gold 1 ct total weight diamond ring donated which was raffled off during the show.  When purchasing a raffle ticket, guests received a light-up “bling ring” to show that they were competing.  The room was completely lit up and guests thoroughly enjoyed showing off their new “bling.”  The ring raffle brought in over $1,700!  Several guests participated in a fun game of Heads or Tails which resulted in one guest winning half of the pot and the other half benefited Kids Talk.  Overall, Kids Talk raised approximately $35,000! This money will be used to provide forensic interviews to children and to advocate for the healing and therapeutic needs of children and families as part of Kids Talk’s follow up process.  Kids Talk also recently launched their prevention program consisting of Body Boundaries for elementary aged children and Staying Safe in a Digital World for middle and high school students.  This money will be used to provide all of these services at no out-of-pocket cost to the families served.  Kids Talk looks forward to next year's 3rd Annual Stand Up For Kids and hopes to make it bigger and better!

There's still time to donate!

Donate Items:

Kids Talk can always use items such as juice boxes, kids’ snacks, sodas, water, individually wrapped chips and candies, kids’ journals, new throw blankets, new small stuffed animals/toys, recent magazines for teens and adults, kids’ books, and packs of blank DVD-R disks. To see other needs, please find our wish list at Walmart. Just select the items you’d like to purchase for the program. To receive a receipt for charitable donations, please email your contact information to

Donate Money:

Kids Talk is a program that operates entirely off of donations and grants. No fees are charged for our services. If you are able to make a donation, please contact Denise Valdez at 765-641-8202.  Thank you!

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Rich DeHaven Selected for Sagamore of the Wabash Award

Aspire Indiana is pleased to announce the selection of President and CEO Rich DeHaven as a recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash Award. This honor was awarded by the Governor of the State of Indiana, Mike R. Pence, and was presented by nominator and Representative, Terri Austin. The highest honor the State can award, the Sagamore of the Wabash Award was created by Indiana Governor Ralph J. Gates during his term from 1945 - 1949 to recognize distinguished individuals for “their Humanity in Living, their Loyalty in Friendship, their Wisdom in Council, and their Inspiration in Leadership.”

Mr. DeHaven was recognized for his 45 year career in the mental health care field and service with Aspire Indiana and its predecessors. Mr. DeHaven’s role in changing the perception of those with mental illness and for his focus on creating new services and improved opportunities for individuals with mental and substance abuse disorders, as well as other disadvantaged populations.

A native Hoosier and Anderson resident for more than 35 years, Mr. DeHaven has been a leader in advancing the care and treatment of mental illness throughout the state, and instrumental in shaping policies and best practice across the nation and around the globe. In addition to being certified, he is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He became one of Indiana’s first certified Mental Health Administrators, when the Association of Mental Health Administrators initiated certification. He was one of the original members and for many years served on the Indiana Mental Health Planning Council, is past-president of the Indiana Council of Community Mental Health Centers, has served on the Board of Directors of the Mental Health Corporations of America and is past treasurer of its subsidiary, Mental Healthcare America.

Aspire Indiana receives $1,500,000 grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Aspire Indiana, Inc. has received a 4 year, $1,592,384 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to improve the physical and mental health for people with Serious Mental Illness.

Through this grant, Aspire Indiana will integrate primary health care into Aspire’s outpatient mental health facilities, which will serve adult mental health consumers from four Recovery Support Teams in Hamilton, Madison, and Marion counties who have serious mental illness and who have or are at risk for co­-occurring health conditions/chronic illnesses. Aspire will provide on­site primary care, care coordination, health promotion, comprehensive transitional care from inpatient to other settings, individual and family support, and referral to community and social support services, including follow­up.

Goals of this grant include the integration of primary and behavioral care, providing screening, assessment, treatment, and referral of primary health needs. In addition, Aspire promotes ongoing integration practices, train behavioral staff on best practice integration methods, enhance social wellness, among other objectives. Aspire will monitor outcomes in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the implemented practices. Trusa Grosso, Senior Director, Healthcare Integration at Aspire serves as the lead clinician for this project.