Family Service CEO earns Greater Philadelphia Social Innovations Award

    Family Service Association of Bucks County Chief Executive Officer Julie Dees has been named as a winner of the 2024 Social Innovations Journal Greater Philadelphia Social Innovation Awards, in the Not for Profit: Societal Impact category.

    The award recognizes her agency’s groundbreaking Project Access to Care: Mental Health Support for Children and Youth program.

    Conceptualized by Dees, Project Access addresses an ongoing mental health crisis plaguing children and youth in Bucks County and across the country.

    The privately funded program covers out-of-pocket mental health counseling expenses for families with commercial insurance, which, unlike Medicaid, does not always cover counseling by unlicensed but highly qualified clinicians.

    Since its launch, the program has successfully provided 390 services to approximately 50 children and families in need of care. Family Service was selected among a formidable group of 65 nonprofit organizations throughout the Greater Philadelphia region.

    Awards were determined through an open nomination and voted upon by local residents and industry peers.

    Dees is grateful for the recognition of her agency and program. “Receiving this prestigious award confirms that the role of Family Service in supporting our Bucks County neighbors is more vital than ever,” said Dees. “Mental health crises among our children are at an alarming level, and being able to help them in any way we can is among our top priorities.”

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    PHOTO CAP: Family Service Association of Bucks County Chief Executive Officer Julie Dees

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