Princeton Area Community Foundation Awards COVID-19 Relief and Response to Millhill Child & Family Development for Tele-therapy Services
Photo Caption: Millhill Child & Family Development’s Behavioral Health Clinic First Opening in 2008
TRENTON, NJ (April 28, 2020) –Princeton Area Community Foundation (The Community Foundation) recently awarded Millhill Child & Family Development COVID-19 Relief and Response funding 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 COVID-19 pandemic.
“Thanks to our generous community of philanthropists, we were able to create a COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund to quickly respond to the needs of our nonprofits,” said Jeffrey M. Vega, President & CEO of the Community Foundation. “For more than a decade, Millhill has been providing vital behavioral health services to families in our region. As we face this crisis, those services are critically important, and we’re so glad we were able to provide funding to help them transition to a tele-therapy model.”
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 13th, 2020. Potential clients interested in receiving counseling care are still welcome to call during Millhill’s normal hours of Monday through Friday, 9am-9pm at 609-989-7333. Though the facilities are closed, case managers are checking their voicemail regularly.
“The Community Foundation has played a key role in Millhill’s ability to continue providing counseling services to Trenton families who need mental health support more than ever,” stated Cynthia Oberkofler, Executive Director at Millhill. “The Community Foundation has been and continues to be a great champion of Millhill as we make vital adjustments to how we conduct services in ways that protect our community and adhere to social distancing practices.”
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.
About the Princeton Area Community Foundation
The Princeton Area Community Foundation promotes philanthropy and builds community across Mercer County and central New Jersey. It helps people and companies make effective charitable gifts and awards grants to nonprofits. Since its founding in 1991, the Community Foundation has made grants of more than $135 million and provided an additional $19 million in support to our nonprofit fundholders. In 2019, the Community Foundation awarded $17 million in grants to support the critical work of nonprofits in making the communities they serve more responsive to the needs of their residents. Learn more at www.pacf.org.
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.