AZ backs nonprofit’s efforts to provide comprehensive outpatient counseling

This is the second in a series of posts focusing on some of the charitable organizations AstraZeneca is working with in Delaware that are making a meaningful, measurable difference to improve the health of our communities and those who live in them. The first post about Siegel JCC can be found here. Today’s post explores Delaware Guidance Services for Children and Youth, Inc., a not-for-profit provider of comprehensive psychiatric services for children and their families in Delaware.

Next year Delaware Guidance Services for Children and Youth, Inc. will celebrate 60 years of providing extensive outpatient counseling to thousands of children and families in Delaware.

Throughout Delaware, thousands of children are dealing with stresses caused by divorce or death in the family, issues at school such as bullying or violence, or personal trauma such as abuse. While these children are considered high risk, the professionals at Delaware Guidance Services for Children and Youth, Inc. (DGS) also see high potential.

DGS provides outpatient counseling to more than 11,000 Delaware families and their children each year. More than 90 percent of their clients are children living in poverty. Through DGS’s mental health services and many counseling programs, children and families who are struggling to cope with everyday stresses have seen great improvement.

“The bottom line is the treatment really does work,” said Bruce Kelsey, Executive Director of DGS. “If you can get them [children and families] the right help at the right time, there’s no reason to believe they won’t do fine later on.”

Kelsey speaks from experience: DGS consistently achieves better results than are seen nationally with similar populations. Eighty-seven percent of their client families report improvement in their child’s behavior and functioning, and 94 percent say they’d come back to DGS if they needed help in the future.

AstraZeneca is committed to healthcare that works. We are honored to support Delaware Guidance Services for Children and Youth, Inc., and what they do to make a meaningful difference in the lives of some of our community’s most vulnerable families.

For more information on AstraZeneca’s work with Delaware Guidance Services for Children and Youth, Inc. and other nonprofit organizations and to download our 2011 Corporate Contributions Report, click here.