Adolescent substance abuse program opens

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Adolescents in Carroll County and the surrounding area have a new place to seek help for their substance abuse issues-an intensive outpatient program designed specifically for teens within walking distance of both Carroll County High School and Carroll County Middle School.

Operated by the Brook Hospital at KMI, the Brook Outpatient Center is a new chemical dependency treatment center conveniently located behind the William L. Wheeler Hall of Justice on Clay Street. 

It provides initial assessments for treatment at no cost to adolescents or their families.  If an adolescent qualifies for the program, treatment is often covered by Kentucky Medicaid, as well as several other private insurance companies.   

The Brook Outpatient Center’s presence in Carroll County can be attributed to some very caring and concerned community members. “Getting The Brook here was really a joint effort between the school system personnel and the County Attorney’s office,” says Larry Curell, Carroll County Board of Education chief operating officer and director of pupil personnel.  

The absence of existing local services served as a road block to success for teens trying to overcome their issues. 

“We worked to become better at identifying and intervening with mental health and chemical dependency issues within the school system and we found that there were very few resources in the community for the kids in our schools,” Jeaneen Crutcher, CSW, student assistance coordinator for Carroll County Schools, said.

With that, Crutcher gathered information on how many kids in the district were dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues and had no options for treatment and, further, how many had sought hospitalization and returned to the community with little or no follow up treatment.  She presented this information to Lisa Wilson, LCSW, Community Relations Representative for the Northern Kentucky Region for The Brook Hospital at KMI. 

“There have always been requests for services from community partners and when we looked at the numbers Jeaneen put together we really couldn’t ignore it,” says Lisa Wilson, CSW. 

The team approached Carroll County Attorney Nick Marsh to put together a proposal to get an intensive outpatient center in Carroll County, which they later presented to the CEO of The Brook Hospital. 

Patience and persistence from a concerned team of professionals paid off; nearly a year after their efforts began, the Brook Outpatient Center officially opened and has started providing much needed services to youth. 

For more information, call the Brook Outpatient Center at (502) 732-0551.