The Family Tree Information, Education, & Counseling Center finalized the acquisition of Jacob Crouch Suicide Prevention Services (JCSPS) in January 2019, the agency announced today.
The Family Tree now continues the legacy of JCSPS, offering suicide awareness, prevention educational programs, and support groups for adults grieving a loss to suicide, according to a release.
The acquisition was made possible by funding from Acadiana Area Human Services District.
The Family Tree also now offers JCSPS programming training to those within the Region 4 area. Brittney Williams, a new employee of The Family Tree, will serve as Prevention Coordinator for Region 4, the release states.
JCSPS began in November 2006, taking educational programming into schools in the Acadiana area. The program provides students with the tools necessary to help themselves or others who may be showing signs of potential at-risk behavior. In 2010, JCSPS expanded its programs to include suicide prevention education for teachers, counselors and school administrators.
“The seed of The Family Tree was planted in 1979 for an agency to help create stronger families and ultimately, a stronger community. Now after 40 years, community education continues to be a core service offering. We’ve expanded with additional programs to offer specialized services to specific groups of people, and we are honored to continue being a source of hope and guidance to families in Acadiana. Adding Jacob Crouch Suicide Prevention Services allows us to offer even more necessary educational resources to our community,” says Marie Collins, Executive Director of The Family Tree.
As a community-based agency, The Family Tree provides professional yet affordable or no-cost services to the Acadiana region. The organization’s programs support parents and individuals through various stages of their lives to result in better mental health, coping skills, stronger family systems and supports.
The mission of the Family Tree is to improve the quality of life for individuals and families over the life course through education, counseling and information services that are delivered in a professional, accessible, and compassionate manner. For more information about The Family Tree, visit www.acadianafamilytree.org.