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Groundbreaking ceremony held for Mat-Su Special Needs Service Center

The new structure will help serve the growing community and cut costs

MAT-SU — The groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday for the construction of the Service Center for the Mat-Su Service for Children and Adults (MSSCA). The MSSCA is a non-profit agency dedicated to providing life-long community-based specialized services to those diagnosed with developmental disabilities.

“The Mat-Su Service for Children and Adults has done phenomenal work serving the people of the Valley for over 28 years,” said Senator Mike Dunleavy, R-Mat-Su Valley. “With the rapid growth in population we’ve seen over the last decade, it’s high time our mental health facilities were expanded to meet the challenge and cut down on rising costs.”

Currently the MSSCA serves approximately 1,850 individuals with special needs and pays $168,000 annually in rent and insurance costs. It employs 270 staffers and is the 11th largest employer in the borough and the largest non-profit organization.

“It’s a privilege to take part in this ceremony,” said Senate President Charlie Huggins, R-Wasilla. “Funding for the new Service Center was the result of the hard work and dedication of Governor Parnell, the Mat-Su Delegation, and members of the community.”

The 18,000 square foot structure is based on a growth factor of two percent per year over ten years.

For more information, please contact Brett Huber in Senator Dunleavy’s office at (907)-376-3370.

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