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"Most of us, if we saw a child who had fallen off their bike and skinned a knee, we’d stop and help them. With kids [with mental-health problems], the hurt and the pain are on the inside," Steve Lepinski, executive director of the Washburn Center for Children, told MinnPost in 2013. Lepinski and his colleagues know that mental health is just as important as physical health. As such, they make it their mission to help children with social, emotional, and behavioral problems receive early intervention so they can have happier childhoods and brighter futures.
Washburn serves children from birth to age 18 and is the state's leading expert in childhood trauma. The licensed and professional staff reached out to 2,768 children last year through diagnostic assessments, outpatient individual and family therapy, home-based services, and therapeutic groups. More than half of those children came from low-income households, which carries on the center's 130-year mission to help struggling families.
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