A mental health service provider is expanding treatment efforts in Bartholomew County thanks to several grants.
Centerstone offers services throughout the state and is planning to open a residential treatment facility in Columbus. The plans include hiring seven staff members and strengthening existing partnerships with hospitals in Columbus and Bloomington.
Greg May is the director of adult and family services. He says the nonprofit also plans to expand the use of medication assisted treatment, such as vivitrol. The medication is designed to help prevent withdrawal symptoms.
“People want to get better and they want to get help, but the challenge is then waiting for that referral into treatment especially those folks who are withdrawing from opiates.”
May says the organization is still working out whether the medication assisted treatment will be provided at a Centerstone facility or a partnering hospital.