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Justice Resource Institute to help area families connect to mental health services

Posted by Patrick Rosso  February 27, 2013 11:27 AM

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The Justice Resource Institute has been designated by the state as a human services provider for Mission Hill, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Allston, and Brighton.

The organization, which already operates a Community Service Agency on the Cape and Islands, will work with area families battling behavioral challenges, mental illness, and developmental disabilities, to get them the resources they need, said a release from the organization.

The agency, founded in 1973, will also implement services, provide care, and connect families with those in similar situations.

“We look forward to expanding our services to connect families with the necessary resources to provide relief, support and sustainable solutions for behavioral issues and other challenges,” Andy Pond, CEO of the Justice Resource Institute, said in a statement. “By providing a talented team of behavioral health coordinators and other professionals, we can help ensure that families receive individualized care that is tailored to their needs, as well as a plan for future success.”

CSAs, partially created through the Rosie D. initiative, are designate by a collective of state agencies, led by the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership.

“Building on our success on the Cape and Islands, we are very pleased to expand our services and enhance the resources available to families in these neighborhoods,” Jenn Miguel, vice president of Community Based Services for JRI, said in a statement. “While it can be frustrating for many families to cope with behavioral challenges, our support services are family-centered to meet individual needs and connect families with the most appropriate resources. We look forward to working with community stakeholders, state agencies and private providers to offer community based services that address behavioral issues and restore well-being.”

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