By Wayne Allen
The Counseling Center in corporation with the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board (ADAMHS) have brought crisis services back into the community.
A crisis hotline recently opened to serve the needs of residents of Adams, Lawrence and Scioto Counties.
The Crisis Center assists, through referrals, those in need of mental health services and also drug treatment.
Susan Shultz, Executive Director of the ADAMHS Board said the crisis is something the area has needed.
“I think the crisis center is something this area desperately needs. We did have in the past a crisis unit for mental health clients only. The funding had some shortage problems through the state and it because to hard to sustain,” Shultz said.
She said as a result of the funding shortage the center had to be closed and the area has been without such services since.
“The Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Board of Adams, Lawrence and Scioto Counties recognized a great need for a crisis center for the counties of Adams, Lawrence and Scioto for individuals who showed up at local emergency rooms and hails with either a mental health crisis, alcohol/drug crisis or both,” Shultz said.
She said the ADAMHS Board then approached the Director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Tracy Poluck, for possible help in funding a crisis center in the area.
“The ADAMHS Board then sent out requests for proposals to area mental health and drug addiction agencies to develop and open a crisis center. The Counseling Center was selected by the board,” Shultz said.
She said the planing process to reopen the crisis service has taken about a year to complete.
“There are a lot of hoops you have to go through, but the place is amazing and the services will be fantastic,” Shultz said.
Andy Albrecht Director of The Counseling Center said this Crisis Center is a different model than what the state had set up.
You hear a lot about integrated care in the state of Ohio. This (Crisis Center) is kind of breaking the ice, kind of an outside of the box program where it is integrated mental health and substance abuse and health care. Through the crisis center we are linking all of this together,” Albrecht said. “For years and years those things were different silos of care.”
Albrecht said the crisis center is taking an integrated approach to link such services together.
Sean Davis, Crisis Center Program coordinator, said the center is a 10-bed facility serving residents of Scioto, Lawrence and Adams counties.
“We are working on admission standards and along with the services, will be a crisis hotline 740-354-1010,” Davis said.
Davis said The Counseling Center will have trained staff what will answer the 24-hour crisis hotline.
Workers from the center will respond to area hospitals.
“If they come into an area hospital with a mental health issue, a crisis assessment team will be sent to the hospital and an assessment will be done on the patient. At that time the decision will be whether or not the patient needs to go to a state hospital or refer them to services,” Davis said.
The services offered through the hotline include support, information, referral services, ambulatory opiate detox, individual and group counseling and diagnostic assessments.
The center is open 24/7/365 days a year and assistance can be provided to resident of Adams, Lawrence and Scioto Counties. Those seek assistance must be 18 years of age or older experiencing a mental health or addiction related.
The Crisis Center’s 24 hour hotline is 740-354-1010 or toll free 1-855-381-1010.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT