Pipe maker Advanced Drainage Systems Inc. wants to help fill a big gap in pediatric medicine: children's mental health.
The company, based in Hilliard, Ohio, is donating $3 million from its ADS Foundation to Columbus, Ohio-based Nationwide Children's Hospital. The money will create the ADS Behavioral Health Professional Development Fund, providing financial support for professionals interested in working with pediatric mental health.
"Creating a behavioral health fund really is working to solve the aggregate problem, which is not having enough behavioral health professionals to service what is an overwhelming need today," Kevin Talley, ADS executive vice president and chief administrative officer, says in a video from the company about the project. "Seventy percent of the U.S. counties don't have one child psychiatrist."
The fund will also expand existing internship programs, support undergraduate internship opportunities and help those seeking a graduate degree in a behavioral health-related field, ADS said in a news release.
"As we talk about this donation, it gives us an avenue to talk about mental health — not just children's mental health but also employees' or adults' mental health," ADS President and CEO Scott Barbour said in the video.