Champions for Children’s Mental Health opens at Milford Wellness Village


MILFORD – Nationwide Healthcare Services has announced Champions for Children’s Mental Health, a non-profit organization for families with children with mental health or behavioral issues, has opened at Milford Wellness Village.

Incorporated in 2016, Champions for Children provides family peer support services, including identifying resources, navigating systems of care, connecting to services, and more.

“We are thrilled to have Champions for Children at Milford Wellness Village,” executive director Lon Kieffer said in a statement. “Their addition reinforces our vision to fill gaps in health care and provide a range of services to the community that otherwise may not benefit from access to a wellness approach.”

Champions for Children focuses on the caregiver, so individuals and families can maintain their well-being while caring for those they care for.

“Our services are quite unique in the world of children’s mental health,” Chief Executive Barbara Messick said in a statement. “When a child is diagnosed, you can find services for your child, but no one is there for you as a caregiver.”

The agency grew out of Messick’s frustration with the lack of support for families or caregivers of children with behavioral issues.

Karen Messick (left), Director of the Champions for Children Office, and Barbara Messick, Executive Director | PHOTO COURTESY OF MILFORD WELLNESS VILLAGE

“If I had had someone to help me through this whole journey, I wouldn’t have felt alone,” said Messick, a mother of three. “We serve as a bridge between families and professionals.

“Mr. Gelley and Lon wanted to know our mission and our history and why we do what we do,” Messick said in a statement. collection of your rent.”

“Everyone here has juiceIt’s been amazing since we moved in,” Messick said in a statement. “It takes a whole village to raise a child, and it really is a village here. There are plenty of networking and referral opportunities for everyone on campus. It’s a good connection for our families to be so close to everyone.

Champions for Children plans to launch a pilot program that would serve two new populations: families separated by the Division of Family Services, working with families to bring children home; and families whose incarcerated children are 90 days away from returning home, helping to facilitate the ongoing mental health services they received while incarcerated. The program is pending approval and funding.

Champions for Children has 11 contractors and is looking for additional contractors to serve New Castle County, Messick said. Entrepreneurs are parents of children with a mental health diagnosis, ready to share their stories with others.

Milford Wellness Village is approximately 80% occupancy, with approximately 33,000 square feet of available space, including 20,000 square feet on the main campus and 10,000 square feet in the rear building, which is undergoing renovations.

Milford Wellness Village, owned by Nationwide Healthcare Services, is an innovative and versatile campus that is committed to providing integrated health, education and other services to the city of Milford, the counties of Kent and Sussex and the State of Delaware. Coordinated services are provided by a select mix of like-minded organizations and tenants who also share a desire to improve the health and well-being of area residents and reduce overall costs.


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