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Springfield— Behavioral Health Network (BHN) has announced the opening on August 1 of a new Family Resource Center (FRC) at its Ware location. The BHN Family Resource Center provides free support and access to community resources for families and their children ages 0-18. Located in each of the 14 Massachusetts counties, the statewide network of FRC’s are funded by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services and the Department of Children and Families.

The BHN Family Resource Center provides families and children in Hampden and Hampshire Counties with a variety of supports and services. “We offer everything from playgroups and fun family events to connecting families with services and opportunities – no one is turned away and everything is free of charge. Our goal is to emotionally support families, strengthen their bonds and help them engage with the community,” explained Program Director Linda Blouin-Roy.

The FRC offers an array of services through its experienced staff: School Liaisons help families work with school systems to ensure their children are receiving the support and resources they need; Family Support Workers help connect families with community resources; and clinicians and Family Partners work with families to develop a support plan that best meets their needs. Children and families that need additional supports or are at risk of court involvement can be assessed by FRC clinicians to develop a Family Support Plan.

“This program is an exciting addition to our service offering,” said BHN President and CEO Steve Winn. “The Family Resource Center is a great example of how BHN is collaborating with community partners to provide a support network for families. In these pandemic times when families are experiencing more isolation and stress, resources like this become even more essential.”

The BHN Family Resource Center is located at 78-80 Main Street in Ware. It is currently open by appointment only due to COVID-19. Telephone support and virtual offerings such as story time and caregiver support groups are available. For more information, contact the BHN Family Resource Center at 413-277-6601 or bhnfrc@bhninc.org.

About BHN: BHN has been providing behavioral health services to children and families in Western Massachusetts since 1938. The agency provides community-based services that include innovative, integrated whole-health models as well as traditional clinical and outpatient and therapeutic services, day treatment, addiction services, crisis intervention and residential supports.

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