Guidance Center Associate Executive Director Honored by NY State

Guidance Center Associate Executive Director Honored by NY State

Regina Barros-Rivera designated as leader who is

“Great In Our State” in children’s mental health

Roslyn Heights, NY, April 13, 2017 North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center is pleased to announce that Regina Barros-Rivera, our Associate Executive Director, has been chosen to be honored at the 2017 “What’s Great in Our State—A Celebration of Children’s Mental Health Awareness” reception for her leadership role in the organization. She will be presented with the award on Tuesday, May 2nd, from 2-4:30 pm at the Huxley Auditorium in the New York State Museum in Albany.

The award is very competitive. Only three individual honorees and two programs are selected statewide for successfully addressing the issues of children’s mental health, including successful intervention on behalf of children and their families.

According to Andrew Malekoff, Executive Director and CEO of the Guidance Center, Ms. Barros-Rivera’s contribution to the organization is critical to the Center’s success. “We count on Regina’s leadership in the overall clinical operation, from providing direct care to families to creating innovative programs that have healed thousands of children, teens and families,” he says. “One of her many contributions is the Latina Girls Project, which Regina created as a result of the high incidence of suicide among this population. With the Latina Girls Project, these girls and their families are given the social, emotional and psychological support they need in a bicultural and bilingual context. This program has saved lives and staked hopeful paths for these girls.”

“I am honored to be part of an organization that supports services to children and families in dire need who have limited access to comprehensive quality-of-care clinical services,” says Barros-Rivera. “Alone we cannot provide the much needed care for our children and families but as part of a collaborative of caregivers and the community, we can take on challenges that will give our children and families emotional safety and stability.”

About Us:

As the preeminent not-for-profit children’s mental health agency on Long Island, North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center is dedicated to restoring and strengthening the emotional well-being of children (from birth – age 24) and their families. Our highly trained staff of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, vocational rehabilitation counselors and other mental health professionals lead the way in diagnosis, treatment, prevention, training, parent education, research and advocacy. The Guidance Center helps children and families address issues such as depression and anxiety; developmental

delays; bullying; teen pregnancy; sexual abuse; teen drug and alcohol abuse; and family crises stemming from illness, death, trauma and divorce. For more than 60 years, the Guidance Center has been a place of hope and healing, providing innovative and compassionate treatment to all who enter our doors, regardless of their ability to pay. For more information about the Guidance Center, visit or call (516) 626-1971.