ST. PAUL, MN — People Incorporated Mental Health Services, the state’s largest nonprofit working exclusively in the adult mental health field, is expanding its care to children. The organization announced today that it has acquired an array of programs supporting children’s mental health from St. Paul-based Children’s Home Society & Family Services (Children’s Home). The programs, which will continue without disruption, branch throughout a six-county metro area and currently serve about 1,000 clients.
“This move combines People Incorporated’s long history of managing and growing programs for people with mental health needs with the expertise Children’s Home has working with children,” said Dr. Tim Burkett, CEO of People Incorporated. “We’ll use this acquisition as a springboard to develop innovative early intervention programs for children and families — a critical area.”
The programs will begin operating as the new People Incorporated Children’s Services division on January 1. Services will include individual and family counseling, early childhood mental health, school-linked counseling, day treatment for children, domestic abuse prevention, anger management, and parent support services.
According to Jill Wiedemann-West, COO of People Incorporated, the acquisition mirrors the trend of nonprofits fine-tuning their missions. “Small nonprofits are finding it harder to make diversified services work in the harsh economy. This acquisition allows each organization to focus on its specialty services, but more efficiently.” The Children’s Home acquisition will add approximately $3.8 million to People Incorporated’s 2012 budget of $33.5 million.
Children’s Home Society & Family Services, founded in 1889, works to provide every child with security, opportunity and a loving family. Beginning January 1, it will sharpen its focus to its adoption and early learning services. Children’s Home contact: Amy Brendmoen at 651-255-2336 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.chsfs.org.
People Incorporated Mental Health Services, founded in 1969, promotes and secures independence for people with mental illness. The organization operates 40+ programs throughout the Twin Cities metro area, including services for the homeless, crisis management services, drop-in centers, in-home living-skills programs, and a range of residential homes. Operating with an annual budget of $33.5 million, People Incorporated serves over 6,500 people with mental illness annually.
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