Niles, which has a 134 year history serving community children with emotional issues, showed off their improved facility with a ceremonial ribbon cutting and open house on July 7.

The goal of the seven month, million dollar renovation was “to increase the quality of services offered in various spaces at Niles,” said Niles President Astra Garner.

From the entry, to the dorms and the treatment facilities, the renovated facilities are greatly improving the experience for Niles parents and youth.

“As a result of the renovations, we are able to offer youth and families a more welcoming, innovative, safe and secure Niles,” Garner said.

Some of the improvements include:

Private visitation/consultation suites,

Removal of potential safety risks in the dormitories,

Increasing the amount of space where therapy groups and activities take place, and

The addition of a learning lab dedicated to interactive activities to help engage those in Niles’ care

“We can even utilize virtual reality technology as a therapeutic tool,” said Garner.

Niles, a non-profit organization, provides residential and day treatment programs for children and teens. The Niles Prep day treatment program focuses on helping children and adolescents who have struggled in mainstream classrooms due to educational, psychological or behavioral concerns. The residential treatment program is designed to support youth with intensive clinical services in a structured environment.

In 2015 the residential treatment program approximately 60 youth, ages 6-17.

Moving forward, our goal is to reestablish Niles’ legacy of providing residential treatment services in the urban core, with a new proven practice model, a new safe and welcoming environment of care, and a highly qualified and trained team of employees,” Garner said.

Their new practice model puts a greater emphasis on a more efficient, therefore shorter, length of care.

“A priority for Niles is to significantly reduce the length of stay from the past average of nine months, which will also help us to serve more youth,” said Garner.

The opening festivities included a short welcome from the CEO of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Joe Reardon, Kansas City Mayor Sly James and Niles leadership. After the ribbon cutting, attendees were invited inside for a self-guided walking tour of the renovated campus.

In late 2016, Niles became part of the KVC Health Systems family.

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