Westside Infant-Family Network (WIN) Celebrates its Independence

WIN launches as its own nonprofit corporation

CULVER CITY, CA, July 1, 2011- On July 1, 2011, the Westside Infant-Family Network (WIN) celebrated its first WINdependence day. Founded in 2005 through the collective vision of Venice Family Clinic, Westside Children’s Center, St. Joseph Center, and other social service agencies, WIN provides unique mental health services tailored to the needs of the most vulnerable children and families in west Los Angeles.

What WIN Does

When a preschooler is about to be expelled for chronic violent behavior or an otherwise healthy baby lays listless and unsmiling day after day, WIN services can make a real difference.  WIN’s innovative collaborative program deeply integrates its own in-home mental health therapy for young children and their families with express, case-managed access to the medical, social service and early care/education services of its partner agencies.  Through intensive therapy and integrated community services children get what they need to recover and thrive before untreated mental health issues can have long-term effects on health and social, educational and emotional growth.

How We Do It

WIN is a unique blend of old-world service (we make house calls!) and new, web-based infrastructure that keep services manageable for staff and families.  Through its personalized, multi-agency services, WIN and its partners have transformed the lives of hundreds of families by interrupting trans-generational cycles of trauma.  Just as importantly, it has also created a replicable model for a system of care that demonstrates how cross-sector, cross-agency services can work for families—and for the agencies that serve them.

Why WIN Went Independent

For its first six years, WIN operated under its fiscal sponsor and partner agency, Westside Children’s Center.  By establishing itself as a non-profit corporation, WIN is making a long-term commitment to the community. “WIN’s independence means an exciting new chapter for our program,” said Anna Henderson, WIN’s Executive Director.  “With the dedicated leadership of a talented young board and greater access to individual and public funding, WIN will continue to be where families need us most, as well as train clinicians throughout greater Los Angeles, and impact broader policy efforts nationwide.”

WIN Accomplishments

In its first five years, WIN has won national accolades for its innovative services:

  • In 2011, WIN was selected from among 807 original applications as one of 8 finalists in the nation for the Collaboration Prize created by the Lodestar Foundation, an organization dedicated to maximizing the growth and impact of philanthropy;
  • In 2008-09, WIN was featured in a white paper by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, as one of eight “exemplary place-based early childhood initiatives,” in the nation that have successfully integrated efforts across multiple service sectors;
  • In 2007, WIN was recognized nationally by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Local Funding Partnerships) as one of 12 new innovative health-focused programs in the country.

About Westside Infant-Family Network

Westside Infant-Family Network (WIN) provides free, in-home mental health care to families with young children in collaboration with its three partner agencies—Westside Children’s Center, Venice Family Clinic, and St. Joseph Center.  Together, the WIN network connects families to an integrated “nest” of early care, health care, mental health care, social services and other community resources families facing multiple challenges need to stabilize and thrive.