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Child and Family Agency Receives Major Federal Grant
It was announced today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Health Resources and Services Administration that the Child and Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut has received a $254,000 federal grant to undertake renovations at Stonington’s Pawcatuck Middle School in anticipation of starting a new school-based health center there in 2013. In addition, this federal grant will permit renovations to the existing school-based health center at the New London High School and provides funds to complete the process of transferring much of the agency’s operation to an electronic medical records system. Over the past year the agency has received nearly $1 million dollars in federal funding to enhance its ability to serve the approximately 7,000 children it has enrolled in 17 school-based health centers across New London County.
Speaking for the agency, Tom Gullotta (CEO) praised the vision of school boards and superintendents in New London, Groton, Norwich, LEARN and at the Norwich Free Academy. “For more than twenty years Child and Family with this region’s area pediatricians has served the mental and physical health care needs of thousands of children. Our success in these recent competitive federal grants is in many ways an acknowledgement of the foresighted decisions that these school boards and superintendents made in partnering with Child and Family, a New London and Middlesex County organization, whose sole mission is promoting the welfare of this state’s young people.”
With 14 full time nurse practitioners, 15 full time mental health clinicians, 3 part-time pediatricians and family physicians, and three child psychiatrists, the Child and Family Agency is the largest provider of full time, full service (medical and mental health) school-based health centers in Connecticut. Headquartered in New London, the agency also provides outpatient and home-based child guidance services, child care services, and after school services to an additional 10,000 children and their families. To learn more about Child and Family visit their website at www.childandfamilyagency.org.