First Children Services expands autism treatment program with new location

First Children Services has opened its fifth location, moving its STRIVE Autism Care Continuum into a new, dedicated facility in Roselle Park, it announced this week.

The provider of behavioral health and special education services in New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania said in a news release that it is moving the program to an 8,400-square-foot autism diagnosis and treatment facility at 316 Westfield Ave. W. from a 3,000-square-foot space at the First Children School in Fanwood.

“As a family-owned and family-focused, community-based provider, our No. 1 priority is to make a positive impact on children and families in the communities we serve,” CEO Matthew Hess said in a prepared statement. “Since founding First Children Services 10 years ago, we have firmly adhered to that mission, which has enabled us to grow our organization’s autism services into a comprehensive care continuum providing vital treatment and diagnostic services and support programs for children and their families in our region.”

The move will enable the organization to grow client capacity from 15 to 50 children on the autism spectrum, and will create about 100 new jobs in Union County as its expands its staff.

Overall, the organization will be able to serve about 200 children on the spectrum across 17 counties in New Jersey, it said.