Unique Features

The state-of-the-art facility will be designed with the input from a panel of local expert psychiatrists and other mental health professionals. The goal is to create an environment uniquely designed to address mental health needs of our underserved urban children. The building:

  • Responds to the community’s growing needs
  • Incorporates physical and behavioral health wellness goals with integrated medical and psychiatric treatment (to include on site medical rooms in the facility)
  • Provides an expanded, more effective therapeutic environment to support healing
  • Integrates natural elements to create a multifaceted healing environment, to include increased use of natural light, and bright, open spaces
  • Utilizes cheerful colors and textures that are familiar and conducive to the setting
  • Incorporates design elements and artwork that are alive, and capture the spirit of children and adolescents
  • Provides sufficient meeting rooms with the capacity for larger meetings and training for children’s health professionals and the promotion of expanded community involvement
  • Provides an art therapy room for children as a creative outlet to heal from trauma
  • Incorporates classroom space with size and design that support the treatment of challenging young children in a day treatment program
  • Incorporates an urban garden for kids to learn how to care for something in an effort to build confidence and self esteem
  • Provides security and safety to staff and clients in a respectful, comfortable environment that reduces internal/external stigmas in treating mental health disorders

The Impact:

Once the campaign and project are complete, we will have a highly visible, accessible facility that supports children and adolescents mental health and physical needs. The new facility will provide:

  •  Increased access to care for youth and families in a timely and efficient manner
  • Greater space for program expansion to accommodate the growing numbers requesting help
  • The opportunity to address high priority needs in the community including behavioral issues that prevent success in education and the reduction of youth violence in school and the community
  • The opportunity to remain responsive to emerging areas of health care, such as childhood obesity