Unprecedented $105.8 million gift to transform behavioral healthcare for our children
Bertie Bialek Elliott wanted to do something transformational in the place she calls home. And she has — donating $105.8 million to Montage Health Foundation, the largest gift ever in Monterey County and one of the most significant philanthropic commitments in healthcare nationwide.
The extraordinary gift will be devoted exclusively to creating an innovative approach to child and adolescent mental and behavioral health. The hope is that elements of the model will be replicated elsewhere to address similar concerns throughout the nation.
The need is painfully apparent, anecdotally and statistically.
“Our kids really are neglected when it comes to mental healthcare,” says Dr. Eric Jacobson, medical director of Behavioral Health Services at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.