Improving health and well-being through quality mental
health care and effective community partnerships.
Our professional staff members are trained to help people deal with mental health issues, find effective solutions, and gain greater peace of mind. The support we provide is diversified enough to meet each person, including their family and friends, at their point of need. Providing the care necessary to reconstruct their lives.
Diagnostic Assessment: This is referred to as “the intake.” This is an individual session with a therapist to determine your current mental health and or alcohol and other drug needs and desires, and to come up with initial treatment recommendations. Because an accurate diagnosis is so important to the success of your treatment, every new client and every re-admitted client starts with a diagnostic assessment. After the assessment, the therapist may recommend other services to you, or you may request other services yourself.
Counseling/Psychotherapy (C/P): This is sometimes called “therapy” or “counseling.” Individual therapy involves only the client and the therapist. In group therapy several clients participate in therapy at the same time. Clients are able to share experiences and learn that others feel the same way, and have some of the same experiences. Marital or couples therapy helps partners and spouses work together on relationships and mental health issues. Family therapy often involves several family members so that your family system can function better for each of the family members. In all forms of therapy for mental health and/or alcohol or drug issues, the therapist works with you to identify and then resolve issues that are leading to your current life difficulties.
Psychiatric Care: This starts with an evaluation by a psychiatrist, who is a medical doctor. Should the doctor recommend that you take a specific medication, and you decide to take that medication you will then be seen periodically by the doctor or mental health nurse practitioner to help you manage the medication. An agency nurse or medical assistant will help you with medication management as well.
Crisis Intervention (Emergency Services): If you have a mental health, alcohol, or other drug emergency, you should get help right away. A situation is considered an emergency when a person is at immediate risk of harm to self or someone else. If you are in an emergency situation you can go to the Fairfield Medical Center (FMC) emergency room or call the special emergency services number, 740-687- 8255. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to you and to any community member who is experiencing an immediate and serious mental health crisis.
Case Management: We seek to make a case manager available to those children and adults who have severe and chronic mental health disorders and/or alcohol and other drug disorders. The purpose is to assist in your recovery by helping you to coordinate all of your health care needs, to learn daily living skills, to manage your illness, to seek assistance in other places, and to find employment or to initiate other meaningful life activities.
Early Mental Health Intervention: This service takes place in selected school districts, not in the agency. In elementary schools a teacher or other school official refers specific children to our intervention specialists who are licensed counselors or social workers. We then seek parental permission to work with the child in the school setting. In high schools we screen large numbers of students through our TeenScreen program. Only those schools that contract with the agency have access to these services.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP): This program is purchased by employers for their employees. This EAP provides confidential consultations and counseling for employees and their immediate family members who are experiencing life concerns that are affecting their health or well-being or job performance. Employees typically refer themselves to the program, and the employer may also refer individuals to the EAP. There is no cost to the employee. The Employee Assistance Program benefits employees by providing rapid and free access to mental health professionals, and it benefits employers by helping them retain a healthy and productive workforce.
Intensive Family-based Therapy Program: This program, also known as "Home-Based Therapy", targets families whose children are at risk of being removed from the home, families who are in the process of re-unification, or families that need a high intensity of mental health care in order to stabilize the situation at home. This program brings family therapy to your home two to four times per week, and has help and support available to you 24 hours per day. The program can last for up to six months if necessay. In this program, families and the therapist work together as a team to explore and develop treatment plans and strategies.