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KidsPeace Associate Inducted into College Hall of Fame

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KidsPeace Mobile Support Specialist Cristie Ansbach was honored for athletic contributions by her Alma Mater, Alvernia University. Last Month, Cristie was inducted into the Hall of Fame for extraordinary accomplishments as a point guard for the teams that hold the four best winning percentages in the school's history. Cristie went 19-8 in her freshman hear, helping the team win an ECAC South Championship, and went 22-6 the following 3 years, attending the NCAA Tournament each of those years and winning a PA Athletic Conference championship in 1998.

Cristie was PAC Player of the Year twice and an All American two times as well. She has the fourth highest career scores for the school, 1,479 points, and was Most Valuable Player at the ECAC South Championship as a freshman. She also leads in career assists, steals and is second in free throws and free throw percentage. Cristie also ran cross country at Alvernia and was named most valuable runner and All-PAC for her efforts.

Cristie is a wonderful role model for the children she support at KidsPeace, showing girls in particular that they can succeed if they work hard and persevere in developing their talents. She works late night at the KidsPeace Psychiatric Hospital, averting potential crises and providing intense assistance when crises do occur. The kids respect her for her achievements and for her work with them at KidsPeace.

KidsPeace Foster Care Office Moves

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KidsPeace Foster Care and Community Programs has announced that its Columbia, Maryland, office has moved to a new location. The new address is  5575 Sterrett Place, Suite 200, Columbia, MD 21044, 410-964-9329, toll free 877-266-8460, fax 410-964-9375. This new space will offer more room for parent visits, play areas for children, training and private meetings with families, referral sources and trainees.

KidsPeace Psychiatric Hospital Opens Doors to 18-21 Year Olds

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Recognizing  that these difficult economic and political times place increased pressure on young adults, the KidsPeace Psychiatric Hospital has begun admitting clients in the 18-21 year old range. "It has become very evident over the past 6-9 months that this group of young people needs a place to turn if they experience psychiatric crisis," said Director of Admissions and Marketing Sean Klutinoty. "An adult psychiatric hospital can be a very scary place to this group," Klutinoty added. "KidsPeace has been serving young people since 1882, and we treat all of our clients with care, understanding and respect for their cultures and stages in life."

The KidsPeace Psychiatric Hospital is located on the beautiful Orchard Hills Campus in Orefield, PA, only a short distance from all Lehigh Valley Emergency Rooms. The rolling hills and more than 255 acres of peaceful countryside add to the healing environment of the hospital, and our clients respond positively to the modern facilities and highly experienced staff.

KidsPeace offers treatment to for most DSM-IV diagnoses, as well as behavior and emotional issues, but is not equipped to provide detoxification services or to treat medically unstable clients. Referrals come to the hospital from a variety of sources, including hospital emergency rooms, private physicians and psychologists, schools and colleges, and other professionals who understand the level of acuity KidsPeace Psychiatric Hospital handles. KidsPeace accepts private insurance or government funded coverage and quickly determines level of payment prior to admission.

For more information or to make a referral to the KidsPeace Psychiatric Hospital, contact Customer Relations/Admissions at 800-8KID-123 (800-854-3123).


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