Child Guidance Resource Centers, a Havertown-based nonprofit with additional locations in Coatesville and Philadelphia, has been awarded the prestigious EPIC (Evidence-Based Practice and Innovation Center) seal for exemplary use of evidence-based practices in serving the community.
“EPIC was established in 2013 to advance system-wide strategies that support implementation, sustainability, and accessibility of behavioral health practices in Philadelphia,” said Aimee M. Salas, Chief Innovations Officer at Child Guidance. “Getting the seal from EPIC is like getting the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. It is a recognition that we have proven ourselves to be able to stay true to these models and provide evidence-based services accurately and as intended.
“We are proud of the specialized treatment, education, and resources we provide to children and families who need mental health services. We are bridging the gap between research and treatment and our clients are benefiting.”
Child Guidance was one of the first organizations in the state, more than a decade ago, to be accepted in the Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) collaboration with the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse (OMSHAS) and the University of Pittsburgh.
“We have continually expanded our use of evidence-based practices since then,” said Salas. “Our experience and success with these models has helped us be invited to join task forces and policy advisory groups. We want what it best for our clients, so it is important for us to have a say in programs that are implemented. We sit on committees at the county and state level, including the Early Childhood Mental Health Advisory Board in Delaware County, The Philadelphia Autism Project, and the Early Intervention Task Force.”
Such engagement helps Child Guidance identify gaps in treatment and improve the services offered to families within its communities.
“We love being active in area churches, schools, and community centers as well, because providing education on the importance of emotional health – in addition to physical health – is vital to everyone’s overall well-being,” said Salas. “It is our mission to decrease the stigma of mental health. Recognizing emotional issues in children so that they can get the support they need leads to improved functioning of families and communities.”
The esteemed recognition from EPIC is a strong acknowledgement of the accomplishments Child Guidance Resource Centers has made in all the counties it serves.
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