Funding Will Help Support New Tele-Therapy for Critical Behavioral Health Services
Photo Caption: Millhill Child & Family Development Staff pose in front of the Behavioral Health Counseling Center at 802 Prospect Street, Trenton NJ 08618, 2018
TRENTON, N.J. (May 1, 2020) – Millhill Child & Family Development, a non-profit that enriches the well-being of children and families through individualized culturally sensitive, educational and behavioral health services, announced today that it has received bridge funding from Bank of America to support Millhill’s new tele-therapy services. Tele-therapy at Millhill has allowed critical behavioral health services to transition in a way that accommodates social distancing and protects clients’ health during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are incredibly grateful for the generous and timely support of Bank of America,” said Cynthia Oberkofler, Executive Director at Millhill. “Their emergency funding has been critical to our success, helping us transition to tele-therapy and affording us the opportunity to continue to provide therapy for clients – one of our key health services.”
Millhill is using a HIPAA-approved tele-therapy platform for therapists and clients to continue their individual, family, and group sessions. The platform can easily be accessed across devices such as phones, tablets, and laptops. Psychiatric Evaluations, Medication Monitoring, and new referrals resumed starting the week of April 13, 2020. Potential clients interested in receiving counseling care are still welcome to call during Millhill’s normal hours of Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. at 609-989-7333. Though the facilities are closed, case managers are checking their voicemail regularly.
“Millhill has been instrumental in empowering children and families in New Jersey through multi-faceted educational and behavioral health services,” said Alberto Garofalo, New Jersey market president, Bank of America. “As we remain committed to supporting our clients, employees, and community, we are here to ensure Millhill has the resources needed to transition to tele-therapy and continue providing their critical services for the community.”
Millhill’s Outpatient Clinic opened in 2008 to provide behavioral health services, which are received by over 500 children and their families each week. At Millhill, the clientele and their family work together with the staff to plan and implement treatment goals. Millhill employs only licensed clinicians as therapeutic staff. Additionally, Millhill employs a board-certified psychiatrist and Advanced Practice Nurses to conduct psychiatric services as needed. Millhill offers individual, family, and group counseling as well as psychiatric evaluations, medication monitoring, and case management services. Millhill’s counseling services enhance life skills and encourage emotional development to maximize an individual’s functioning, strengths, and resources.
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Millhill Child & Family Development
Millhill Child & Family Development is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping children, youth, and families in Greater Trenton through education, counseling, family support services, youth engagement, and community collaborations spanning from an early age to adult. Founded in 1971, Millhill serves more than 6,500 individuals in the community with the help of dedicated staff, volunteers and financial contributors. Millhill empowers lives using an approach that is both individualized and collaborative taking into account the dynamics of the whole family. Services are offered at 101 Oakland Street and 802 Prospect Street in Trenton, NJ. For more information about our programs, please visit www.www.millhillcenter.org or on Facebook at facebook.com/millhillchildandfamily.