Diakon Family Life Services receives local grant to enhance services in Montoursville region

Williamsport, Pa. (Monday February 1, 2016)

The Diakon Family Life Services office in Montoursville, Pa.

Diakon Family Life Services has received a more than $52,000 grant from the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania to enhance service from its new Montoursville office.

The $52,700 grant—distributed from the Williamsport Lycoming Community Fund and the Walter J. Helm Fund at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania—is being used to help cover capital costs related to developing the new counseling center and to provide training for five therapists in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Trauma Therapy to expand service to clients at the new location, says Rita Rousseau, executive director of Diakon Family Life Services.

“We are delighted to receive this critical support, which will enhance services offered to clients at our new location,” Rousseau says. The new center, 241 Broad St., Montoursville, offers a range of individual, marital, family, and children’s counseling and related mental-health services.
With a primary office at 435 W. Fourth St., Williamsport, Diakon Family Life Services provides mental health counseling, psychiatric services, tele-psychiatry and family-based mental health services for people of all ages, along with Student Assistance Program training to school personnel throughout the region. In addition, Diakon Family Life Services operates the SPIN program, based in Williamsport, which provides treatment of problematic sexual behaviors for children and youths between the ages of 7 and 18.

Annually, Diakon Family Life Services – Upper Susquehanna, which also has on-site programs at both Williamsport Middle and High schools for provision of school-based mental health services, serves more than 2,100 people.

For further information, please contact:
William Swanger, M.A., APR
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries
(717) 795-0308
E-mail: swangerb@diakon.org