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OPEN CALL FOR PECHAKUCHA PRESENTATIONS (Closed July 15, 2022)

From December 5 - 7, 2022, the Sozosei Foundation will host the 3rd Annual Sozosei Summit to Decriminalize Mental Illness at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia, PA. 

In summer of 2022 we sought nonprofit organizations (or those with a nonprofit fiscal sponsor) eager to share updates on the implementation and/or operation of 988 in their communities through PechaKucha presentations at the 2022 Sozosei Summit. These presentations will be held on December 5, 2022, in person, at PAFA. 

Learn more about the PechaKucha style here, view PechaKuchas presented at the 2021 Sozosei Summit here and view additional samples presentations here. 


DECRIMINALIZATION OF MENTAL ILLNESS
REQUEST FOR STATEMENTS OF INTEREST - SPRING 2022 (
Closed May 18, 2022)

The Sozosei Foundation is excited to announce a new opportunity for funding to support evidence-based programs and innovative (untested) approaches that will disrupt the current practice of criminalizing mental illness and accelerate access to community-based mental health care.

View Request for Statements of Interest


OPEN CALL FOR PECHAKUCHA PRESENTATIONS (Closed October 7, 2021)

From December 13 - 15, 2021, the Sozosei Foundation will host the Second Annual Summit to Decriminalize Mental Illness, in Philadelphia, PA. This year, the focus of the Summit is the implementation of 988 – the new national mental health hotline – and building the crisis care continuum as 988 goes live in July 2022. With this focus, the arc of the Summit’s three days will follow an examination of past, present, and future considerations for 988 and crisis care.

The Foundation sought "PechaKucha" concepts from creative, curious, and innovative nonprofits and individuals whose work shows particular promise for effective 988 implementation and a robust crisis care continuum. You can read more about PechaKucha style presentations here and see examples from the 2020 Summit here

View Request for Proposals


SOZOSEI SOLUTION FUND (Closed July 19, 2021)

The Sozosei Solution Fund represented a new funding opportunity to support evidenced-based programs and innovative new ideas with the potential to disrupt current systems that result in the criminalization of mental illness and/or to accelerate access to community-based mental health care.

Based on the outcomes of our recently convened Sozosei Solutions Lab, the Foundation accepted Statements of Interest related to the four areas of focus listed below. Click here to read the full Solutions Lab report

  1. Plan and implement 988, the national mental health crisis hotline, to be activated in July 2022
  2. Scale evidence-based diversion practices and centers of excellence
  3. Increase the size of the mental health workforce
  4. Support education and organizing around the Medicaid Reentry Act (Please note that the Foundation does not support lobbying or political campaigns.)

View Request for Proposals