Two family support organizations combine services for at-risk kids

Tough financial times are forcing two family support organizations to combine some of their services for at-risk kids.

At a press conference Friday, the Family and Children's Center CEO announced Oaklawn Psychiatric Center will take over management of the children's campus in Mishawaka.

The residential treatment program serves children suffering from profound emotional and behavioral problems.

But, it's a service the Family and Children's Center can no longer afford to manage after significant state cuts and a drop in patients.

“The reduction in census was a significant component,” says Bruce Greenberg the Family And Children's Center CEO. “The drastic cuts in reimbursement really hurt. And, basically fewer children are being admitted to residential treatment.”

As part of the transition, Oaklawn plans to move its existing youth residential programs to the 12-acre campus in Mishawaka by 2013.

About 125 employees will be affected, but most of them are expected to continue in their roles at The Children's Campus after the transition.

The Family and Children's Center will remain open, but will focus more on preventative services.

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