FSGC holds historic ribbon cutting

In a city that has had its fair share of historic mental health firsts, Family Service & Guidance Center registered another one that will greatly benefit Northeast Kansas children and families.

FSGC hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new 24-bed, 24,000-square foot Youth Crisis & Recovery Center on Wednesday, October 4. The new facility, located at 401 S.W. Frazier Ave., will help meet two significant needs in the community.

“More children and teens are experiencing crises than ever before, and the severity of those crises are worse than we’ve ever seen,” said Kathy Mosher, Family Service & Guidance Center CEO. “We’re also seeing more and more youth who are living with both mental health challenges and substance use disorders. The Youth Crisis & Recovery Center will provide the help these children and families need right here in Topeka.”

A stay at the new Youth Crisis & Recovery Center may last up to 28 days, compared to a maximum three-day stay at FSGC’s current Crisis Resolution Program. The additional time will give children and teens the opportunity to work closely with dedicated FSGC professionals and get to the root causes of their challenges.

The Youth Crisis & Recovery Center includes:

  • Commons areas with tables and other furniture for studying and activities
  • Group therapy/visitor rooms
  • Therapeutic activity room
  • A therapeutic outdoor space
  • Clinical therapy suites
  • Furniture and fixtures that are ligature resistant

FSGC supporters and donors in attendance voiced tremendous excitement about the impact the Youth Crisis & Recovery Center will have on Shawnee County and northeast Kansas youth.

“The extended stay, along with the enhanced level of services, will make a huge difference in our children’s lives,” said Kim Gronniger, Corporate Communications Manager with Security Benefit. “They’ll receive top-quality care from FSGC professionals, and they’ll be doing it with the support and love of their families. The Center will not only change lives; it will save lives.”

The Center will open to clients later this month.

Founded in 1904, Family Service & Guidance Center is a nonprofit community mental health center that serves more than 10,000 children, teens and families with direct clinical services, outreach and prevention each year. FSGC provides a full range of mental health programs and services to treat anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance use disorders and other common mental health challenges.

For more information about FSGC’s Youth Crisis & Recovery Center and the services offered there, contact Pam Evans, Director of Marketing & Development, at pevans@fsgctopeka.com or 785.232.7902.