The Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County has been awarded $206,660 through Connecticut's nonprofit grant program.

The center will use the grant to purchase an electronic medical records system and to comply with new federal regulations that require health-care providers to transition to EMRs by 2015. The funding will also enable the center to purchase new vehicles needed to transport children enrolled in the extended day treatment program. The program was developed to remediate severe and persistent behavioral problems in children 5 to 12 years old so they can remain in their homes.

"Thousands of children in Norwalk, Westport, Wilton and other nearby towns suffer from a mental illness, but have difficulty getting the treatment they need. We are their safety net," Stuart Greenbaum, executive director of the Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County, said. "Like most nonprofits, our resources are limited and we struggle every day to keep up with the growing demand for the affordable child mental health services we provide. We are grateful to the governor and the Connecticut Legislature for stepping up to the plate and recognizing that the mental health services we provide are essential to the health and well-being of our communities."

State Sen. Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, who also represents Darien and a supporter of nonprofits, said, "Nothing is more important to the future of Connecticut than the mental and physical well-being of our children. The Child Guidance Center works with thousands of young people across Fairfield County every year. These funds will help them to reach even more kids, and to do so more efficiently than ever before. I am proud to have such a great organization in our community and to be able to help them continue their great work."