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Did you know that individuals who are Board-eligible, over the age of 18 and in need of mental health services can turn to the MCBDDS Mental Health Services Department for help?MCBDDS offers a wide variety of group counseling options for people receiving services, from grief and loss groups to groups dealing with anger management, depression, managing intense emotions, and interpersonal development. “Group counseling can benefit individuals by helping them normalize experiences they are having, and by helping them feel more connected,” said Carroll Jackson, manager, MCBDDS Clinical and Mental Health Services. “People often find that the dynamics of a group offer an important additional support, as they come into a group struggling with an issue or event and learn that others are experiencing something similar. They feel less isolated, and often learn from and help each other, which helps build a person’s sense of resiliency and self.”No referrals are needed for group counseling services, as individuals can refer themselves; however, an initial assessment is required. Groups will meet primarly at MCBDDS's Southview Center, 25 Thorpe Drive, Dayton, and most run on a 12-week cycle. Participants can enter a group at any point in the cycle, and re-enroll as they wish.
MCBDDS also offers one-on-one counseling for individuals. Here, too, people can self-refer or seek referrals from Service and Support Administrators (SSAs). Individual counseling services are delivered at times and locations of the recipient’s choosing.For individuals with more intense needs, MCBDDS offers Psychiatric Services. These services often combine medication intervention and therapy to help a person manage their symptoms. Referrals for these services come primarily through a person’s SSA.MCBDDS’s Mental Health Services and Supports Program is certified through the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) to provide outpatient mental health services and case management/care coordination. All MCBDDS mental health services are provided by a Board-approved Psychiatrist, Licensed Social Workers and Counselors, Licensed Independent Social Workers and a Registered Nurse.MCBDDS's Mental Health Department is now located at its Southview Center facility at 25 Thorpe Drive, Dayton, 45420. For more information about services, be sure to visit www.mcbdds.org/mentalhealth.