2011-04-28 / Local & State

Family Behavioral Resources Opens In McConnellsburg

April is Autism Awareness Month
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

An organization specializing in a wide range of autism and behavioral health-related services recently opened shop in Fulton County in hopes of better serving local residents.

Currently in its 10th year of service, Family Behavioral Resources operates a total of 19 behavioral health rehabilitation service (BHRS) facilities across the commonwealth, including its newest office located at 105 Crystal Drive, McConnellsburg. Headed in county by BHRS clinical and autism director Lauren Zima, Family Behavioral Resources offers specialized autism services to individuals between the ages of 2 1/2 through 21, as well as behavioral health rehabilitation services through wraparound and adult autism services as part of Pennsylvania’s Adult Autism Waiver.

According to Zima, her enthusiasm and passion to move into this specialized line of work was sparked after working as a therapeutic support staff for a 3-yearold child suffering from autism. Reports through the Center for Disease Control indicate that autism affects 1 in 110 children in the United States, including 1 in every 70 boys.

Having fallen in love with the child and his family, Zima furthered her education, operated her own school and eventually found Family Behavioral Resources.

Zima stated her goals were so closely aligned with that of the organization, it was not a difficult decision to join the staff at Family Behavioral Resources. Her priorities since that time have not changed as her daily duties focus on the client, the client’s family, quality callbacks and field visits at area schools.

Client referrals to Family Behavioral Resources originate from a variety of sources such as doctors, family members and schools. As a result, the referrals have been rolling in to Zima and her staff that currently numbers around a dozen. The organization does not currently have a waiting list for services, and Zima hopes to stay ahead of the game by adding on staff as referrals continue to stream in.

“I want to have staff trained and ready to go,” said Zima, who is hoping to make the organization’s presence known through a variety of community-related activities. In Zima’s tentative plans is an autism support group, the development of a “how to” resource book for families and possibly an annual autism walk. Furthermore, ongoing staff training is open to families that utilize the services at Family Behavioral Resources.

Additional information on Family Behavioral Resources can be found online by visiting the organization’s Web site at www.familybehavioralresources.co m. The McConnellsburg office of Family Behavioral Resources can be contacted by calling 717-325- 0223.

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