NAMI to tour Bryan health center


NAMI Four County will tour the recently opened Bryan Community Health Center and hear a presentation by ADAMhs Board CEO Les McCaslin explaining how the mental health system has evolved during the nearly 35 years that he has been involved in mental health services.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 with the tour of the Bryan Community Health Center located at 228 S. Main St., Bryan. The meeting is open to the public.

Owned and operated by Health Partners of Western Ohio, the new health center provides primary healthcare, pediatric healthcare, a full range of dental services, medication-assisted treatment for addictions and mental health screening in one location. The center in Bryan and a primary care office that the organization operates at Maumee Valley Guidance Center in Defiance are a result of a five year partnership between Health Partners, a federally qualified health center based in Lima, and the Four County ADAMhs Board and its system of care.

Originally, the partnership was planned to assure that behavioral health clients served by the ADAMhs Board system had easy access to physical healthcare from a primary care doctor and staff as well as access to a full service, federally supported pharmacy. The partnership has provided all of that and more.

Following the tour, McCaslin will explain how the partnership has been part of the evolution of behavioral health services in the four county area.

NAMI Four County is an affliliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest organization of family members and friends of persons living with a mental illness, as well as those who have a mental illness. The group meets the first Tuesday of every month, usually at the Four County ADAMhs Board office; however, the April meeting will be held in Bryan.

NAMI also offers free mental health family and community education classes throughout the year as well as support groups.

For detailed information on the classes and support groups, please visit NAMI Four County’s website: www.namifourcounty.org. Or, contact Lou Levy, the chapter secretary, at 419-399-0952.

The website also has information about local behavioral health providers who provide services on a sliding fee schedule as well as links to Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous for a current list of support groups and meeting times and locations in the four county area.