Kira Coy is the Director of our Family Based Mental Health Services, which is a 32 week program designed to strengthen families and prevent further interventions, including out of home placements. The Family Based team delivers therapeutic, case management, and emergency crisis services in order to help stabilize the family environment. An additional component of Family Based is connecting the family to other child serving agencies to ensure continuity of care. Family Based is focused on developing natural supports for the family that may include friends, neighbors, coaches, and other community members. These natural supports enhance the level of care provided to the family after discharge from the Family Based program.
Kira obtained her BSW and MSW from Kutztown University. She has a background in outpatient therapy, public child welfare, and hospice. Kira began at Franklin Family Services in 2009 as a Mental Health Professional and advanced to Program Director in 2013. She has completed the 3 year certification for Family Based and has passed the state exam. Kira has also completed training through the National Association of Forensic Counselors and is a Certified Sexual Offender Treatment Specialist (CSOTS) . She is a member of Franklin Family Services’ specialized Family Based team that works with youth displaying inappropriate sexualized behaviors. Kira is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the National Association of Forensic Counselors.
Kira is supported in the Family Based program by several other professionals with a vast array of skills and knowledge.
Dixie Ellis is a Mental Health Professional on our Franklin/Fulton Family Based team. Dixie obtained her degree in Education from Frostburg State College. She has an extensive history working in a group home setting. Dixie completed the three year Family Based Certification Program and passed the sate exam. She also carries a certification from the National Association of Forensic Counselors as a Certified Sexual Offender Treatment Specialist (CSOTS) and is a team member on our specialized Family Based team that works with youth displaying inappropriate sexualized behaviors. Dixie has been with Franklin Family Services since 2010.
Tara Sarge is a Mental Health Professional on our Cumberland/Perry Family Based team. She obtained her MSW from Shippensburg University. Tara has a background in behavioral health, therapeutic recreation, and autism. Tara has a passion for working with children with autism and facilitating therapeutic groups. Tara has been with Franklin Family Services since April 2015.
Marc Strawderman is a Mental Health Professional on our Cumberland/Perry Family Based team. He obtained his MA in Human Services, specializing in Marriage & Family Therapy, from Liberty University. Marc is currently working on a Doctorate in Education at Liberty University. Marc has a background in helping survivors of sexual assault and the LGBTQ community. He has a passion for helping others, especially children. Marc worked in a daycare working with school age children before joining Franklin Family Services in June 2017.
Stephanie Maxwell is a Mental Health Worker on our Cumberland/Perry Family Based team. She obtained her BS in Psychology from Capella University and is currently pursuing her MS in Mental Health Counseling from the same university. Stephanie has a background in behavioral health and autism. Stephanie is interested in scholarly writing, designing therapeutic games, art & play therapy, and outpatient therapy. Stephanie has been with Franklin Family Services since September 2014.