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Family Advocacy Center at Baystate Awarded $1.6 Million

BAYSTATE FISCALSPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – The Family Advocacy Center at Baystate Children’s Hospital has been given a $1.6 million federal grant to further their services and support of area children and families who have experienced psychological trauma.

The announcement was made by Baystate Medical Center this evening.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the grant to the hospital.

It will fund a new program for children and families that will improve access to care in Hampden and Hampshire Counties through the development of specialized home-based psychotherapy resources.

The program will also include strategies to address the special needs of families who have experienced severe stress related to parental military service.

Baystate’s Family Advocacy Center joins a national network of over 130 child trauma centers that address a wide range of traumatic experiences, including physical and sexual abuse; domestic, school, and community violence; natural disasters and terrorism; and life-threatening injury and illness.

This is the second time that the Center has been awarded a federal grant to support children and families with psychological trauma.

For more information on the The Family Advocacy Center at Baystate Children’s Hospital click here.