Samaritan Behavioral Health, a Premier Health affiliate, received $25,000 to support its program for children under six years old. Premier is headquartered in Dayton, pictured. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Dayton hospital gets $25K for youth treatment program

A Dayton behavioral health service that treats some of the region’s youngest patients is planning to improve the program’s space.

Samaritan Behavioral Health, a Premier Health affiliate, received $25,000 to support its program for children under six years old.

The donation from Messer Construction Foundation will help with renovations and improvements to the program space for Young Children’s Assessment and Treatment Services, Samaritan said in a statement.

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The program is for children who are experiencing challenges like behavioral concerns, including disruptive or aggressive behaviors, attention and hyperactivity issues, trauma, developmental issues such as autism or pervasive developmental disorders, and attachment problems.

In addition, the program educates the child’s support system on positive ways to intervene, address and help with the behavioral or mental health issues.

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Messer’s donation will be added to support from the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation. The funds will be used to renovate and improve the program work space, including adding an additional calming room to aid therapists when trying to help a child regain control of themselves; installing HVAC in the existing calming room; expanding the restroom to accommodate an adult and child and changing table; installing corner guards on all radiator units; adding videotaping capabilities; adding additional storage; relocating the kitchenette and entry door to improve sight lines; and installing new flooring and paint.

For more information about the program call (937) 734-8333.

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