Four County Mental Health Center is dedicated to providing
accessible, innovative services
in partnership with individuals,
families and our communities."
Vision - We envision healthier communities as we help individuals and families improve their lives. Collaborating with community partners, we sustain a robust range of services that are accessible because we help people where they live and work. We continue to be innovative as we identify new and special needs, develop programs, train our staff, and deliver services. We will expand our use of state-of-the-art technology to extend our capacity and enhance the quality of service. We will continue to develop well-trained, dedicated staff within a supportive, challenging, and personally rewarding work environment.
|A Community Mental Health Center - Four County Mental Health Center is a private, not-for-profit organization, founded in 1964, committed to providing comprehensive mental health services to the citizens of Chautauqua, Elk, Montgomery, and Wilson Counties. Four County is funded by State and county public funds, service fees, contracts, and grants. Everyone is eligible for Four County's services. Medicare, Medicaid and most private health insurances are accepted. Fee discounts are available based on family income and the number of family members dependent on that income.|
In years past, many people tended to
associate mental health services with persons who suffered from major
psychiatric problems. Today this misconception is disappearing as
people come to realize that good mental health is every bit as important as
good physical health. In fact, the two go hand-in-hand. It
is now commonplace for physicians, teachers, employers and even advice
columnists to recommend therapy or counseling services for a multitude of
life's every day problems. Almost everyone has occasions when they
could benefit from outside assistance with a problem they are facing.
Problems range from parenting, marriage, coping with loss, depression,
anxiety, or just handling a stressful situation at work. Just about
any circumstance which causes distress in an individual 's life may be a
reason for making an appointment for mental health services.
Mental Health Reform has been in place since 1990, providing community based services for adult consumers with severe and persistent mental illness and severely emotionally disturbed children in order to maintain them in their home and community. Specialized services to these populations have been developed since that time. These services include case management, attendant care, psychosocial programs, respite care, parent support, home-based family therapy, after-school and summer programs, supported employment and education, clubhouse, and others.
Topeka State Hospital closed in June 1997 with 231 beds being removed, leaving fewer than 400 beds in the state hospital system. As hospital beds have diminished, the state has transferred funds to community mental health centers to assist in paying for services provided in the community. Mental health centers contract with county government and are the local authority for public mental health care. Counties, through their mental health centers, have accepted more responsibility for caring for those with mental illness, as the federal and state governments delegate this responsibility to local government.
Seriously mentally ill persons are treated in the community because it is the natural thing to do and because technology is available to treat such persons successfully. All members of our community (businesses, schools, landlords, employers, etc.) are dealing with persons with serious mental illness as part of their daily lives. Community mental health programs consequently deal more and more with issues of safety and security for clients and communities, in addition to the traditional treatment that has always been provided.
Staff are qualified, professional, caring
individuals. The medical staff includes
psychiatrists: Dr. Ken
Williams, Medical Director, and Dr. Mark Haslett, a child and adolescent
psychiatrist, and Dr. Lauren Lee, general psychiatry. Advanced
Registered Nurse Practitioners and nursing staff complete the medical
Four County has outpatient therapists serving all four counties who conduct individual, group, family, and couple counseling. Community education programs, workshops, and health fairs help the public become more knowledgeable and aware of Four County and the services available. Outpatient services consist of clinical services, crisis intervention, consultations, psychological evaluations, divorce mediation, along with educational groups.
Services - Services are provided to assist individuals and families throughout their lifespan. Clinical services including therapy, crisis intervention and medication management serve all populations from the young child to the senior adult.
Community services serve the the seriously mentally ill adult or the severely emotionally disturbed child. These services are divided into two entities: Community Based Services for Children and Community Support Services for Adults. Case managers are employed by both departments. The case manager's job is to provide support and guidance to the client and family, to work with them to find services available in the community and be a support to the client so he/she will need a minimum of hospitalization and live in the least restrictive environment.
Four County also focuses on prevention
programs. Parent Education
services provide information
to assist parents in all facets of the challenges of raising children.