WILMINGTON, DE - Monday, August 18, 2014 - Delaware Guidance Services for Children and Youth, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of The News Journal Top Workplaces in Delaware.
The Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. Over the past year, more than 5,000 organizations and 1 in every 88 employees in the U.S. have turned to WorkplaceDynamics to better understand what's on the minds of their employees.
"The dedication and professionalism of our employees is what makes Delaware Guidance standout as an exceptional not-for-profit agency in Delaware." explains Executive Director, Bruce Kelsey. "They have a unique understanding of our mission and a commitment to serve our clients with integrity, compassion and excellence."
Delaware Guidance Services (DGS) has served Delaware's families for over 60 years, and is the largest provider of non-residential mental health services for children and youth in the state, serving 18,000 children and their families each year. Our mission is to provide quality mental health services to children, youth and their families. We believe that all children have a right to good mental health and should have access to quality therapeutic care, regardless of their ability to pay.
Comprised of child psychiatrists and psychologists, clinical social workers, master's level therapists and advanced nurse practitioners, our clinical staff and critical support staff maintains the highest standards of professional conduct and is well-known for keeping abreast of emerging new theories and practices.
As one of the first ten outpatient mental health agencies in the country to be accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) back in 1976, DGS has remained in full compliance ever since. DGS is a provider for Delaware's Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health Services and is a Partner Agency of the United Way of Delaware.
The News Journal published the complete list of Top Workplaces on August 17th. For more information about the Top Workplaces lists and WorkplaceDynamics, please visit www.topworkplaces.com and www.workplacedynamics.com. For more information about our programs and employment opportunities at Delaware Guidance services please visit www.delawareguidance.org.
Please consider a contribution to the 2014 Annual Fund Drive which is now underway. Your support will help a struggling child.
DGS is dedicated to providing assistance to children at crucial moments in their lives and we’re committed to those with few financial resources.
Through our continuum of mental health programs and services we helped more than 18,000 children in 2013 which is a 20% increase over the previous year. It is also important to note that 85% of our clients are Medicaid dependent with annual household incomes under $30,000 per year.
Right now, there are approximately 25,000 children in Delaware in need of mental health services. That’s why we’re asking for your help.
Your gift will matter. Whether you give $5 or $500, 100% of your donation will go toward helping Delaware’s children.
Think about today’s children. They are tomorrow’s leaders, professionals, parents, workers, etc. If we want our children to meet their potential and become strong, positive, adaptable, and contributing members of our society, then we must accept the fact that investing in them is just as necessary as investing in our own savings plans.
Please help today’s children make their journey. We’ll all realize a brighter future. Thank you in advance for your support.
Delaware Guidance Services is pleased to be a partner and beneficiary of the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community 5K, which will take place on Saturday, September 13, 2014, at Bellevue State Park in Wilmington. Mark your calendar!
Join the DGS Health Initiative and pull together your friends, families, and colleagues to walk on a Team benefitting DGS in the Highmark Walk.
100% of all donations or sponsorships will come directly to DGS to help support critical mental health services for children in Delaware.
For those who want to walk with their best Canine Friend, DGS is the team to support! All dogs accompanying a DGS walker will receive a doggie bandanna with this logo imprint. In addition, fresh water and gourmet doggie treats will be provided. (Please note that all dogs must be on a leash and don’t forget to bring baggies to clean up after Spot!)
For questions or problems registering, contact Christy Pennington at
(302) 652-3948, ext. 1130 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community is presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware, who underwrites the cost of the walk so that 100 percent of the money raised by walkers supports the participating organizations. DGS is one of 17 organizations participating in the Highmark Walk for a Health Community.
Dr. Saleem Khan who, as Chief of Psychiatry, has been an integral part Delaware Guidance Services for the last thirty-two years will retire at the end of this month.
“Saleem will be hard to replace, considering his many talents,” said DGS Executive Director Bruce Kelsey. I know I speak on behalf of everyone at DGS when I express heartfelt gratitude to Saleem for his dedicated service on behalf of DGS and for always being available for our clients.”
During his tenure at DGS, Dr. Khan helped thousands of Delaware’s children and adolescents. His hard work, dedication, and commitment are worthy of admiration and he will be greatly missed.
“For the last thirty-two years Delaware Guidance has been a very important part of my life,” said Dr. Khan. “I came to Delaware Guidance every day with desire to help others and left with a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment. I am so pleased that every day at Delaware Guidance, I was able to make a positive difference in the lives of Delawareans who needed help,” he concluded.
Here are some photos from his recent retirement party.
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