July 11, 2022, Pueblo (CO) Chieftain: Family Support Center opens new Pueblo location as local need for autism services grows https://www.chieftain.com/story/news/2022/07/11/family-support-center-opens-new-location-in-north-pueblo-to-meet-autism-needs/65369937007/
After outgrowing its central Pueblo location due to an increased demand for services, the specialized autism support services provider Family Support Center has opened a second office in north Pueblo to help meet the community’s needs.
The center, which works with children of all ages who live with autism spectrum disorder, will continue to run its original practice at 1026 W. Abriendo Ave. and can now accommodate nearly 200 additional patients at its new location at 805 Desert Flower Blvd.
“We got to the point where we were definitely like, ‘We are full,’” Clinic Manager Melissa Smith said of the decision to open the new location.
“Which is crazy that, even throughout the pandemic, we were still growing, because the need is there. Kids don't stop having problem behaviors when a pandemic hits.”
Family Support Center specializes in treating people with autism spectrum disorder — … In a 2021 analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC found as many as 1 in 44 children in the U.S. is affected by autism.
“That’s a high rate,” Smith said. “So we know that with those kinds of numbers, there's definitely a lot of need."…
Amy Corsi, the Human Resources Director for Family Support Center, which has three locations in Colorado Springs in addition to its two in Pueblo, said the north Pueblo center will employ between 70 and 100 staff members and can accommodate as many as 200 patients….
“That'll be great where (parents) can kind of have that one-stop-shop for all of those kinds of needs that their kiddo has,” Smith said.
The new center held its grand opening on June 15.