By Kaitlin Servant
Citizen Chronicle Writer
SOUTHBRIDGE — On Monday Harrington HealthCare System opened the doors to their new Child and Family Services Center in Southbridge.
The center will provide mental health counseling and group sessions for children and adolescents, ages 4-24, and their families.
Back in October, Katie Adams, Harrington’s director of mental health, explained that the new facility at 139 South Street would be an improvement over the current space on Pine Street. Not only would the space be larger but it would “showcase a bright, inviting place where families can feel good getting services.”
At the ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, the new space was revealed to those in attendance as well as through a Facebook Live streaming video of the event put on by the Chamber of Central Mass South.
State Senator Anne Gobi praised Harrington for meeting the needs of the community. “Thanks to you and your team for realizing that the need is there in the region and one of the things you have done so well is you respond to the needs over and over again.“
Town Manager Ron San Angelo and Senator Gobi also pointed out the benefits to the community of utilizing a building which has been vacant for many years. A key to the town’s economic development will be bringing old and underutilized buildings back to life.
The new 6,500 sq foot facility will double the number of Child and Family Clinicians from six to twelve including licensed clinical social workers, mental health clinicians, and marriage and family therapists. Along with the increased capacity, there will be expanded services and new specialties such as more expansive cognitive therapy and child trauma.
State Senator Ryan Fattman and State Representative Peter Durant both thanked Harrington for what they continue to do for the community. State Representative Joseph McKenna expressed his appreciation for Harrington’s increased presence in and service to Webster. They presented Harrington with Citations from both the House and the Senate.