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ASSMCA brings mental health services to Las Piedras

Mental Health and Anti-Addiction Services Administration chief Carlos Rodríguez Mateo

By John McPhaul

The head of the Mental Health and Anti-Addiction Services Administration (ASSMCA by its Spanish initials), Carlos Rodríguez Mateo, brought direct services and workshops to hundreds of residents of the town of Las Piedras over the weekend.

“I thank the mayor of Las Piedras, Miguel López, and all the municipal staff for their interest and support for the success of the ASSMCA Visits Your Community project in the east,” Rodríguez Mateo said in a written statement. “It is through direct service and contact with our older adults, youth and children that we can identify and strengthen the services we offer and manage more help for them.”

Community impact is part of the ASSMCA Visit Your Community project, through which Rodríguez Mateo and a group of human behavior professionals from the agency impact populations with the purpose of addressing particular needs or prevention in the area of mental health and comprehensive well being .

As part of the work plan in Las Piedras, human behavior professionals brought services to the La Ribera residential complex and the Arenales community through various dynamics and workshops focused on the prevention of substance use. Similarly, older adults who receive services at Las Piedras Elderly were oriented on the proper management of medications.

Meanwhile, children received services for the development, through art, of skills for managing emotions at Child Care Manitas.

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