Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Held for Millhill Child & Family Development Counseling Center
Photo Caption: Jordan Faiman, Millhill Director of Behavioral Health, Marygrace Billek, Director of Mercer County Department of Human Services, Joe LaRosa, Chair Millhill Board and Cynthia Oberkofler, Millhill Executive Director
Trenton, NJ (September 25, 2015) — Millhill Child & Family Development held a ribbon cutting on September 24 to celebrate the recent opening of a new facility dedicated to Behavioral Health Services. Located at 802 Prospect Street in Trenton, the new center provides outpatient counseling and psychiatric services to the local community.
“This is the first behavioral health major expansion in Mercer County in over ten years,” explains Marygrace Billek, Director of Mercer County Department of Human Services. “Mental illness was identified as a health risk by the Trenton Community Health Needs Assessment,” she continued.
Along with Marygrace Billek, Jordan Faiman, Millhill Director of Behavioral Health, Joe LaRosa, Chair Millhill Corporate Board and Cynthia Oberkofler, Millhill Executive Director embraced the scissors and cut the ribbon to mark the formal opening of the counseling center.
“Millhill started from helping a handful of babies to serving more than 3,500 children and families each year,” explained Joe LaRosa, Board Chair. “The new center is an outgrowth of our strategic plan and will enable more Trenton residents to receive counseling,” he continued.
Millhill moved its counseling services in August from small offices at 101 Oakland Street to the new facility. With the increased space Millhill will serve 400 children and families each week, an increase of 200 individuals served. Participation at Millhill’s Outpatient Clinic quadrupled in the past five years and the need continues to grow.
The center provides individual, family and group counseling and psychiatric treatments including psychiatric evaluations and medication monitoring. The building features 20 therapy rooms, 5 group rooms, administration offices, reception area a parenting center and a dedicated space for the Trenton PEERS.
“The unfortunate truth is that suicide is the second leading cause of death for children ages 10 to 24. Millhill is tackling head-on the critically growing issue of mental illness and I applaud them and the board of directors for their deep investment in this community, which will be much better served because of it,” explains Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes.
The Clinic offers counseling services to youth ages 4 – 20 and their families. The program works to reduce the stigma of mental illness and addresses Mercer County’s highest mental health care priority — the dire need for Mercer youth to have local and timely access to high quality, child-focused therapy and medication monitoring.