Kaiser Permanente has pledged nearly a half million dollars in grants to Valley area nonprofits to expand community and mental health services.

The donations are part of two separate initiatives announced by Kaiser Permanente Southern California on Dec. 3 and the Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center on Nov. 29.

Kaiser Permanente Southern California awarded $80,000 to each of three mental health agencies in the Valley area. They include Tarzana Treatment Centers Inc., Mental Health of America of Los Angeles – Antelope Valley in Lancaster and The Village Family Services in North Hollywood.

The donations are among the initial grants given as part of a $6 million initiative to bolster mental health services throughout Southern California.

“The prevalence of mental illness is significant and growing in Southern California and across the country,” said John Yamamoto, KPSC’s vice president of community health, government relations and community engagement, in a statement. “For adults and youths affected by mental illness, the effects can be devastating.”

Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center’s donations totaled $250,000 and were awarded to 26 community nonprofits providing healthcare and social services in the Valley area. Some of the organizations include the Boys & Girls Club of San Fernando Valley in Pacoima, The California State University –Northridge Foundation and the Valley Economic Development Center.