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The John R. Oishei Foundation, which is focusing on using its charitable dollars to encourage collaboration and cooperation among nonprofit agencies, recently targeted two more programs designed to carry out the mission.

The Care Management Coalition of Western New York was given a $300,000 grant, and $112,000 was given to Horizon Health Services, according to Thomas E. Baker, executive director of the foundation.

The coalition is a group of five local child-care agencies that have teamed up to provide a network of education, social work and related services to children and families in need.

"This grant helps ensure that our collaborative activities will establish a practice that will reduce costs, increase effectiveness and maintain a high quality of care for the children and families we are working with," James Casion, president of the Coalition, said.

The five cooperating agencies are Baker-Victory Services, Child and Family Services, Gateway-Longview, Gustavus Adolphus and Global Village/New Directions. Their clients are individuals with behavioral, emotional and development problems.

Horizon Health Services will be working with homeless women who have been given shelter by the YWCA and Cornerstone Manor.

Because most of these women have no health insurance, they do not receive the help needed to cope with mental-health and substance-abuse problems until it is too late for prevention and they must face much more costly treatments and rehabilitation demanding public dollars.

The pilot project is expected to help 300 women.

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