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DATE: November 9, 2012
CONTACT: Kelly Hackworth
PHONE: (800) 532-7239

For Immediate Release

SAFY receives funding from The Duke Endowment to provide Motivational Interviewing

(COLUMBIA, South Carolina) – Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) is pleased to announce it has received a grant from The Duke Endowment in the amount of $60,000. The funds will be used to implement the Motivational Interviewing treatment model throughout its service areas in South Carolina.

Motivational Interviewing is an evidence-based treatment approach focused on facilitating and engaging client motivation in order to change behavior. The program will strengthen SAFY’s Continuum of Care and increase the organization’s evidence-based program offerings. The model positively impacts children and youth being treated in their own homes as well as the foster care setting. It will also expand and enhance the services offered through SAFY’s Empowering Families, a community-based program designed to assist families resolve problems that threaten stability through supportive and case management services.

"SAFY is grateful to The Duke Endowment for their support of our trauma-informed care treatment philosophy and evidence-based quality services," says Richard R. Nedelkoff, SAFY President and Chief Executive Officer. "The addition of the Motivational Interviewing treatment model to our Continuum of Care strengthens the likelihood of positive outcomes and self-sufficiency for the youth and families we serve, and emphasizes the organization’s reputation as a leading national child welfare provider."

The Duke Endowment is a private foundation located in Charlotte, North Carolina that promotes programs within organizations that nurture children, promote health, educate minds and enrich spirits. Since its inception in 1924, the foundation has awarded more than $2.9 million in grants.

SAFY is a leading national nonprofit organization providing a full continuum of services for youth in the child welfare, behavioral health and juvenile justice systems. Founded in 1984, the organization provides nationally-recognized family and children services in 28 divisions across eight states including Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Nevada, Oklahoma, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas. To learn more about SAFY and its services, visit