Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield expands mental health services

Therapy will now be offered as a service at two Boys & Girls Club of Springfield units.

Leaders with Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield and Burrell Behavioral Health signed a memorandum of understanding on Thursday to expand clinical behavioral health services. A licensed Burrell clinician will be located on-site at the Musgrave and Fremont units to provide individual and group therapy.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield Chief Executive Officer Brandy Harris said the timing of the agreement is perfect.

“We’re about to enter our school year program, and it is very clear that in our kids and our families and our staff the mental health needs are skyrocketing,” Harris told the News-Leader after the signing. “The timing of this is incredible.”

Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield Chief Executive Officer Brandy Harris signs a Memorandum of Understanding to expand therapy services with Burrell Behavioral Health Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, at the Fremont Avenue unit.

The club has had a longtime partnership with Burrell Behavioral Health with community support services, but this agreement takes it to a new level, Harris said.

“There is a lot of work that’s gone into this agreement from both sides,” Harris said.

With the help of a mental health committee, both organizations were able to determine how to best serve the children and families at Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield.

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“We pride ourselves in providing a safe, positive environment for kids, and safety is so big,” Harris said.

Having a safe environment doesn’t just mean in the physical sense.

“We want to provide an infrastructure and stability for kids at all levels,” she said. “Our reach can be so much more. Parents can become familiar with Burrell employees as part of a Boys & Girls Club family.”

Due to the challenges surrounding COVID-19, no one is exempt from feeling the effects.

Janelle B. Smith

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