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October 25, 2017

Construction Underway at Harrington’s New Child & Family Services Building

SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass. – In just a few weeks, Harrington HealthCare System will open the doors to its new Child and Family Services Center in Southbridge.

The healthcare system has leased the former CarQuest Auto Parts store at 139 South Street. After the renovation is complete, the facility will house mental health counseling and group sessions for children and adolescents, ages 4-24, and their families.

The move gives Harrington’s Department of Mental Health an opportunity to present a new, expanded family treatment facility to the community.

“The new center really won’t be anything like our current office space on Pine Street. This renovation will showcase a bright, inviting place where families can feel good seeking services,” said Katie Adams, Harrington director of mental health.

Adams said in 2016, she focused on expanding their school-based programs and services. The initiative had great success, but over time, led to growing pains within the department.

“The demand increased really quickly and we weren’t able to meet it. Now, we are building a staff large enough to really service the schools that are requesting a presence,” she said, adding her staff will be shifting from six to 12 clinicians when the building opens.

Adams hired several new members to her team, licensed clinical social workers and mental health clinicians and marriage and family therapists. She is also expanding the range of specialties offered for child and family services, including more expansive cognitive therapy. Through a grant, Adams was able to send several of her staff to receive training in child trauma.

“We want to continue to expand our relationship with the local school systems, as well. Our new team has great experience and more to offer clinically,” Adams said.

When finished, the 6,500 square-foot space will include 12 therapy offices, two group rooms, an administration suite and a large common waiting area.

The new Child & Family Services is expected to open by late November.

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