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Kent Youth & Family Services

Community Center Partners with KYFS

Kent Youth and Family Services

The Greater Maple Valley Community Center has entered into a partnership with Kent Youth and Family Services to provide counseling with a focus on co-occurring disorders.

The partnership will target youth 13-21 years old with both mental health and substance abuse challenges. Counseling will include co-occurring, group, and family counseling and will be based at the Den Youth Center adjacent to the Community Center.  Assessments and evaluations will also be available at this location.

The desire to offer these services at The Den Youth Center arose from strategic conversations by the GMVCC Board of Directors and the Tahoma School District. After agreeing that there was a largely unmet need for these services within the City, Community Center staff began discussions with Kent Youth and Family Services to forge a partnership that brought them to Maple Valley. 

“Having Kent Youth and Family Services operating in our building is a real coup for Maple Valley,” according to Erika Guernsey, GMVCC’s Director of Prevention & Intervention Services. “We know of a number of young people seeking these types of services that have had to travel to Renton, Auburn, Kent or even Seattle. This can be especially tough for someone without a car so having counseling available right here can mean the difference between a successful intervention or not.”

Guernsey already provides drug and alcohol prevention programming in the Tahoma School District so intervention counseling is a wonderful complement to the Community Center’s existing services.