Our Story

About New Light Child & Family Institute

Our Story

New Light Consultants, Inc. is a 501 (C)(3) non-profit corporation located in Millington, Michigan. Our primary purpose is to provide mental health and substance abuse treatment services to those that otherwise may not have access to assistance.

NLC was founded in 1998 to provide home-based mental health and substance abuse counseling to individuals and families who had a need or a desire to receive treatment in their home. The founders of NLC realized that outreach services could assist individuals and families to receive treatment by removing the barriers of transportation and conventional business hours, allowing them to receive needed services and improving their quality of life.

In 2005, Tina Sentell MSW, LLMSW, joined the New Light team offering Child Welfare Services featuring Adolescent and Family Counseling. Then in 2007, Tina became C-Author of the Foster Care and Certification Program where she works in conjunction with DHHS and the courts to provide services for children and adolescents in ages ranging from 0-18 in need of out of home placement. NLCFIN is a private, non-profit child placing agency.

On October 7, 2007 NLC earned its accreditation status with the Council on Accreditation. This achievement has since allowed the agency to offer services to a broader range of people.

The period from 2007 to 2010 brought about a time of reassessment and reorganization for NLC. This process ultimately resulted in the expansion of programming, beginning with psychiatric evaluations, and treatment to its consumers. The clinic provides services five days per week. Dr. Richard (Rick) O. Watkins Jr. DSW, LMSW, CAADC is the Executive Director as well as the Clinical Director. With the expanded capacity for counseling services, the organization has focused on becoming paneled providers on a diverse number of insurance panels in order to offer services to a wider base of the population

For being the first one it was wonderful! Kids all had a great time . Was wonderful having a safe environment that was kid friendly! Thank you to all the staff!
Mae B.