New Child and Family Services Center To Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
SOUTHBRIDGE, MA, December 20, 2017 – The newly-renovated Child and Family Services Center at Harrington will hold a ribbon cutting on Monday, January 8th.
The center, located at 139 South Street, is the former CarQuest Auto Parts store and has been under renovation for several weeks.
Harrington Director of Mental Health Katie Adams said this project has been about a year in the making and follows a personal and professional goal she had since joining Harrington in 2016.
“This move gives our Department of Mental Health an opportunity to present an expanded family treatment facility to the community. The new center really won’t be anything like our current office space. This renovation will showcase a bright, inviting place where families can feel good seeking services,” Adams said.
The ribbon cutting, in coordination with the Chamber of Central Mass South, will be an opportunity for local legislative representatives, school officials, providers and municipal leaders to tour the new space, which offers mental health counseling and group sessions for children and adolescents, ages 4-24, and their families.
When she first joined the behavioral health team at Harrington, Adams faced a few shortcomings of the department, one being a lack of communication with the local school systems. Her initiative to strengthen those relationships had great success, but the quick growth of the program led to growing pains for 29 Pine Street location.
In preparing for the move, Adams said hired several new members to her team – expanding from six to 12 clinicians — and expanded 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.
“Our new team has great experience and more to offer clinically,” Adams said.
The 6,500 square-foot space includes 12 therapy offices, two group rooms, an administration suite and a large common waiting area.
Immediate therapy appointments are available by calling (508) 765-2222.
The 29 Pine Street location will continue to offer adult mental health counseling services, as well as Harrington’s Partial Hospitalization Program.
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