FSGC’s new Topeka Center, which focuses on children’s mental health, breaks new ground

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – A new facility for children from Northeast Kansas is one step closer to opening next year.

The Family Service & Guidance Center (FSGC) held the groundbreaking ceremony for a new Youth Crisis & Recovery Center on Monday. According to FSGC, the 24,000-square-foot facility will cost up to $7.9 million.

The new building will house several services for children and young people experiencing severe mental health crises, including a program for young people struggling with substance use disorders and their mental health.

Tracy Kihm, FSGC’s chief financial officer and interim chief executive officer, told 13 NEWS that concerns about children’s mental health have increased since the pandemic began.

“We see more and more children in youth in crises and that the crises are becoming more and more severe,” said Kihm. “We wish we needed the beds yesterday, but we are so excited to have this project and to be able to do this for our community.”

According to FSGC, the two-story building will have therapy suites, meeting and group therapy rooms, common areas, an education center, a therapeutic activities room, a reception area, two playgrounds and bedrooms for clients.

“We are all very excited about this next important step in children’s mental and behavioral health care,” said Kihm. “We will be able to offer a level of service that is not currently available in our region.”

The construction work should be completed by spring 2023.

Groundbreaking took place on the south side of the KSGC campus at 327 SW Frazier Ave.

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