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Rep. Andrews Attends Ribbon Cutting to Mark Grand Opening of New Family Service Facility in Burlington County

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As Honorary Co-Chair of the Committee, I had the pleasure of attending the ribbon cutting to mark the grand opening of the new Yates Center for Children and Families in Burlington County. The center, which I toured, will provide mental health services to South Jersey residents through family-oriented therapeutic care. I believe it is necessary to personally support the Yates Center because it serves as a role model for the mental and behavioral health profession.

With growing numbers of our nation's children residing in foster care and many children struggling with emotional disorders, the Yates Center will certainly have a positive impact by providing extensive mental health services for the children and families of Southern New Jersey. Specifically, the new Yates Center For Children and Families houses therapy rooms, family gathering areas, administrative offices, a gymnasium, a kitchen and dining area, conference rooms and indoor and outdoor play areas. The facility is designed this way to give families the opportunity to reunify by working together to promote change and growth.

Most importantly, the center provides early intervention programs like the "Family Learning Center" to help children and families resolve patterns of problematic behavior through an intensive therapeutic environment which includes parent training and group and individual therapy. Under the "First Step" program, children ages three to five who are unable to function in a traditional pre-school setting, are supported with the necessary social skills to help them transition into pre-school environments. Finally, children who need a safe haven are provided with emergency placements and foster care so that they may grow and heal from their experiences.

I believe it is in the best interest of our nation's children and families to insure that mental health treatment is not only available but that our youth and families have access to receive it. On behalf of the First Congressional District of New Jersey, I commend Family Service, a nonprofit community agency, for offering such comprehensive support through service facilities like the Yates Center. In the months ahead, I look forward to hearing from the Yates Center about their remarkable progress in assisting South Jersey's families.

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