FamilyMeans mergers with grief center

Stillwater-based agency says move offers more services, multiple locations


Stillwater-based FamilyMeans and the St. Paul-based Center for Grief, Loss & Transition merged as one organization Sunday in a change that FamilyMeans officials said broadens the specialized programs for the clients the agencies serve.

Together, FamilyMeans and the Center for Grief, Loss & Transition will offer a range of outpatient mental health services that include counseling, marriage and family therapy, child and adolescent counseling, work-related concerns, collaborative divorce services, depression, grief and loss, life changes and transitions, and more.

"This is an exciting time for both of our agencies as we combine our wealth of knowledge and ability to provide even more specialized services to our clients and the community," said Arba-Della Beck, president of FamilyMeans.

"FamilyMeans has provided an array of mental health and counseling services since we opened our doors in 1963," Beck added. "The Center for Grief, Loss and Transition brings a skill set with a focus to help people work through complicated grief, loss and trauma. Together, our services will be stronger and a great asset for people seeking care."

In addition to mental health services, FamilyMeans offers programs in financial and bankruptcy services, caregiver support and respite, employee assistance and youth development in the communities of Landfall and Cimarron, located in Lake Elmo.

FamilyMeans has 55 employees and the Center for Grief, Loss & Transition will add another 14 employees to the combined staff.

Although the agencies are one organization, the Center for Grief, Loss & Transition will keep its name, which is well recognized in the community. As part of FamilyMeans, the Center for Grief, Loss & Transition will operate as one of the agency’s programs.