Maysville Clinic Open House
The Maysville Open House was held on August 30, 2017. There was a live
radio broadcast during the Open House which allowed staff to speak about
the services they are providing at the clinic. Many community members
stopped in to see the new facility. The Maysville clinic offers behavioral
health services to Adults and Children and School based services are
offered in several school systems. The staff also have collaborated >with
several primary care centers to provide onsite counseling services at
Wheelwright Outpatient Open House
MCCC held a ribbon cutting ceremony and Open House at its new Wheelwright
location on September 22, 2017. Many years ago, Alfred Rhea donated a
house and property to MCCC on behalf of his late wife, Alberta Rhea.
Alberta, affectionately known as "Miss Bertie" wished to donate the
property so it could be used to help others. After many years of working
tirelessly to get approval from various city and state governing
authorities, MCCC was able to tear down the structure and build a
beautiful new facility. The new Wheelwright Clinic, named "Berties Place"
in honor of Alberta Rhea, offers a full array of behavioral health
services to Adults and Children. The facility also has a Therapeutic
Rehabilitation Program which operates on a daily basis to serve
individuals with severe mental illness. Alfreda Rhea Barnes, daughter of
the donors, traveled from Maryland to be on hand for the ribbon cutting
ceremony. Afreda, along with Floyd County Judge Executive Ben Hale,
Wheelwright Mayor, Don Hall, SOAR representative, Josh Ball and many
others were on hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony and to tour the new
Wheelwright Outpatient Clinic Now Open
Mountain Comprehensive Care Center is proud to annouce The Wheelwright Outpatient Clinic is now open at 209 Shopfork Road. Services offered include the following: Psychiatric Services, Therapeutic Rehabilitation Program, Adult & Children's Counseling, Case Management, Peer Support, Community Support Services, Supported Employment and Housing Assistance. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (606) 452-2903.
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Mountain Haven Emergency Shelter Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Mountain Haven Emergency Youth Shelter in Morehead held an open house on May 5th with many community partners participating in the ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of Commerce. Mountain Haven will serve homeless, runaway youth ages 12 to 17 years old and provide housing, life skill instruction, behavioral health services and access to education, medical and other needed services. We accepted our first youth May 25th. Mountain Haven compliments our array of services in the Gateway Area including school-based counseling, out-patient behavioral health services, Community Rehabilitation Training Program through the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), Independent Living Program for youth and our Transitional Living Program.
Ground breaking for new MCCC Apartments
The Mountain Comprehensive Care Center held a ground breaking ceremony this afternoon at the location of the former Layne House treatment Facility for their new development called Dogwood Apartments.
"It will provide 20 units of affordable housing to the community. There will be restrictions on income and there will be a few units reserved for those with special needs. It will serve a variety of needs and also there will be units reserved for the homeless. We wanted to provide units for the people of the community to afford and have safe decent sanitary housing and be able to use the housing vouchers that are available in the community to come and live here."
Weather permitting completion of the project is set for September.
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Stand Up for a Brighter Tomorrow
Mountain Comprehensive Care Center's The Healing Program is hosting the 18th annual Behavioral Health Conference: Stand Up for a Brighter Tomorrow. The event will be held at Ramada Inn Hotel & Conference Center in Paintsville, KY on April 14, 2017. There will be no registration fee and limited seating of 300.
This Conference will benefit professionals, parents and others interested in increasing their knowledge about sexual assault/domestic violence and emotional and/or behavioral disorders found in children.
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On-site Hiring Event
Mountain Comprehensive Care Center is hosting a On-Site Hiring Event at the
MSU Prestonsburg Campus September 9th, 2016.
Applications will be available at the venue, but are available for download under Employment Opportunities.
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Attorney General Beshear Provides $400,000 to MCCC
Mountain Center for Recovery & Hope is Now Open
One of Eastern Kentucky's leading substance abuse treatment organizations is opening a new facility at Stonecrest next week.
Mountain Comprehensive Care Center invites the public to the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Mountain Center for Recovery and Hope at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 20. The treatment center complex is located on Meff Road, on about eight acres of property donated years ago by Prestonsburg.
Construction following a groundbreaking ceremony last April, but MCCC officials have been planning the project for five years.
"This means a lot to the community," said Jackie Long, director of housing and grants for MCCC. "As you know, we have a well-publicized problem with addiction and this is going to be a place where people can come and they can stay longer."
Long said the 60-bed facility - a complex of five buildings with room for expansion - will offer both short-term and long-term treatment for men and women. Long believes having a long-term treatment facility will reduce relapses with those who are addicted. MCCC is currently qualifying its Layne House residents to move into the new facility. There, MCCC offers a 28-day substance abuse treatment program and the new facility offers longer stays for people who need additional time.
The average stay will be about six months, she said.
"It will increase our capacity and, hopefully, decrease the number of people that are returning," she said.
The Floyd County-based Alliance Corporation completed the construction. The $3.1 million dollar project was funded by a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant, two $450,000 federal home loans from the Bank of Cincinnati, a $400,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission and $200,000 in coal severance funds.
The ribbon cutting announcement comes the same month that the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy issued its annual report detailing the number of overdose deaths in the state. Statewide, 1,248 people died of overdose in 2015, an increase of 177 over the previous year. Jefferson County had the most overdose deaths in the state, 268, but Eastern Kentucky counties ranked among the top eight counties when the number of overdose deaths were compared on a per-capita basis from 2012 to 2015. Floyd County ranked sixth in the number of overdose deaths from 2012 to 2015 with 47.57 per 100,000 people.
Donations Sought for Local Veterans
The Big Sandy Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is hosting a "household shower" for veterans who recently moved into the Big Sandy Regional Veterans Transitional Housing Center in Pike County.
The event begins at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, at the center, located on property donated by the Pike County Fiscal Court behind Shelby Valley High School.
Mountain Comprehensive Care Center hosted a grand opening at the $1.2 million facility on June 13 and plans to offer services there to help homeless veterans get back into stable housing.
It has the capacity to house 25 homeless veterans, who will be provided housing and supportive services for up to two years before moving into permanent housing.
Six veterans are currently living at the center and two other homeless veterans are expected to move in this week, according to Program Director Randy Smallwood.
The center is open to any honorably-discharged veteran who is homeless, including veterans who have been living with friends or family members.
"We're taking homeless veterans off the street, giving them housing and working with them on their life management issues, whatever that may be," Smallwood said. "For some it's mental health. For some, it's family relationships. For some, it's just a financial issue. For some, it's substance abuse. The goal is getting those things under control and help them find jobs so they can obtain and keep housing."
The Pikeville DAR chapter is seeking all sorts of new and gently-used items for the veterans living at the center, including kitchen and household items, clothing, personal care items, cleaning supplies, small appliances like coffee makers and nonperishable food items.
Smallwood will provide donation receipts for those who want to receive tax deductions for their donations.
"We need anything anyone would need in a home," he said. "We encourage the public to come out and meet us. We're also hoping to establish some veteran mentors who will come and out and hang out and chat with these guys," he said.
The Huntington Veterans Administration Hospital, represented at the grand opening by Director Brian Nimmo, has agreed to provide health care services to all of the veterans. The Pike County Fiscal Court granted Mountain Comprehensive Care Center a long-term lease of the property.
For more information, call 606-639-3178.
The household shower will begin at 5 p.m. on June 26 at the center, located on U.S. 23 behind Shelby Valley High School in Pikeville. Donations sought include:
General household items needed
25 Bedside throw rugs
20 Alarm clocks
20 Bedside lamps
20 Toilet bowl brushes
30 Small/medium waste cans
50 Shower curtains
50 Shower curtain ring sets
Mops, brooms, mop buckets
Clothing items needed
Kitchen items needed
All kitchen tools (spatulas, wooden spoons, whisks, storage jars)
Containers for flour, sugar, coffee, etc.
Pots and pans
Kitchen towels and potholders
Non-perishable can or box food items
Miscellaneous items needed
Cleaning solvents, etc.
Yard rakes, hoes, shovels
Water hoses, sprayers
Hand soaps, bar soaps
Books, jigsaw puzzles, earphone style radios
Tax-deductible items are accepted at any time.
Homeless Veterans Housing Officially Open in Pike County
A unique housing complex for military veterans is now officially
open in Pike County.
Dozens of people gathered Friday morning for a ribbon-cutting
ceremony at the new Homeless Veterans Transitional Housing Center
adjacent to Shelby Valley High School at Robinson Creek. The 25
unit complex is the result of a four-year effort, according to
Jackie Long, the director of housing and grants with Mountain
Comprehensive Care Center, the agency which will operate the
facility, and was completed with no debt existing on the building.
Long added that the complex is a community effort.
"We have finally arrived at this day," Long said. "The day on which
we can present this facility to the public and, most importantly,
to our Kentucky veterans."
The facility, according to Mountain Comp CEO Promod Bishnoi, is the
first of its kind in Eastern Kentucky and only the second in the
state. He said the facility is a way to serve those who have served
"This is our way to give back, in some small way, to our veterans
who have given so much to us," Bishnoi said.
Friday's ceremony was attended by several local officials,
including Pike Judge-Executive Wayne T. Rutherford and Magistrate
Vernon "Chick" Johnson, we as well as proxies for Gov. Steve
Beshear, senators Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell and Congressman Hal
Rogers. Beshear's representative, Coleman Elridge, gave an
impassioned address to the crowd, saying that providing a home for
the homeless is not a "hand out." Elridge, who said he was homeless
as a boy with his mother and siblings, said efforts such as
establishing the transitional housing are done not for show, but
out of a duty to serve the country's veterans.
"It is worth it to stand for and with our nations greatest and
finest men and women," he said.
The first two residents of the transitional housing center, Harry
Grace and Mike Pelphrey, cut the ceremonial ribbon to the facility.
According to a pamphlet for the facility, residents will be
provided housing and supportive services for up to two years while
transitioning to permanent housing. Healthcare services will be
provided through the Huntington (W.Va.) Veterans Affairs Medical
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New center in Pike County helps homeless veterans
More help is now available for veterans in Appalachia who need a home.
The Big Sandy Regional Veterans Transition Center does not officially open until Friday, but several veterans are already living at the facility.
The center - which is located in the Shelby Valley community of Pike County - has made a big difference in the veterans' lives in a short time, they said.
"It's a safe haven," said Harry Grace, who is originally from Albany, New York, but was homeless in Huntington, West Virginia, before moving to the center in May. "It's a place where I can build some structure and get my priorities in order and just get the encouragement that I need that I wasn't getting elsewhere."
Gene Wilson, another veteran living at the center, said he was so emotional that he cried the first time he walked into his room.
"(Being homeless) was rough, especially at my age and being disabled," said Wilson, who is from Ironton, Ohio. "Living on the streets is not easy. It's not fun. I had no hope or anything. This place has given me hope."
The center is able to house 25 veterans.
The remaining rooms are expected to fill up quickly, said programs director Randy Smallwood.
"Surprisingly Eastern Kentucky per capita has one of the highest numbers of veterans," Smallwood said. "I think our population considers it almost a duty to be in the military, so we have a very high number."
The grand opening ceremony for the center will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. The center is located behind Shelby Valley High School.
For more information, call (606)-616-1031.
The Kentucky Housing Corporation estimated in a recent report that 579 veterans are homeless in our state.
The new center is overseen by Mountain Comprehensive Care.
HomePlace Clinic Open House
Johnson County Clinic Building Renamed
On November 11, 2013, Mountain Comprehensive Care Center recognized the dedication of three generations of the Dorton family to our Agency by naming the Johnson County Clinic building for them.
Dennis Dorton, his mother, Mrs. O.T. Dorton and his son, Andrew Dorton were surprised when the new sign was unveiled. Julie Paxton made the announcement followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Dennis Dorton and his son, Andrew Dorton.
Community members, MCCC Board members and staff were on hand to celebrate the special occasion.
Three generations of the Dorton family in front of the signage in their honor. From left to right: Denny Dorton, Mrs. O.T. Dorton, and Andrew Dorton.
To the right, Denny Dorton and his mother, Mrs. O.T. Dorton prior to the surprise dedication.
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Greenhouses Growing More Than Plants
Greenhouses and workshops are providing much more than plants and handcrafted furniture for adults in Eastern Kentucky.
Handcrafted wood furniture and three greenhouses filled with various plants, are all constructed and maintained by participants in Mountain Comprehensive Care's Adult Day Training program at Shelby Valley in Pike County.
The program provides a place for adults who face challenges to work and lead fulfilling lives by creating woodwork and growing plants that are then sold to the public.
Program supervisor, Billy Cure explains,"All of our people help grow the plants, water the plants, fertilize the plants. They keep them alive until they are purchased by the customers. It gives them a very rewarding feeling to know they are helping."
Participant, Ollie Thacker says, "I water stuff at the greenhouse, I love it."
Program leaders say their motto is, 'Plants help people grow,' and participants in the program say they not only learn gardening and carpentry skills but also life skills."
Rodney Bryant says, "We learn lots of things and skills. They teach us how to be independent."
Leaders with the non-profit organization say all of the money made from sales goes right back into the program to help their participants. Cure says, "We are always training them and trying to advance them to a career somewhere other than the greenhouse."
Through the skills learned at the center, leaders say their participants are able to achieve their personal goals and dreams.
There are also adult training greenhouse locations with items for sale in Floyd County and Magoffin County.
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Hundreds Observe One-Year Anniversary of March 2 Tornado
It was time for remembrance. But also a time for celebration.
It was also a time for Morgan County residents to feel good about what's been accomplished in the effort to recover from last year's devastating tornado, but also to be reminded that a lot of work remains to be done.
Several hundred packed into the cafeteria of Morgan County High School to observe the one-year anniversary of the EF3 twister, which cut a wide swath of destruction through the county, reduced large sections of West Liberty, the county seat, to rubble and claimed seven lives.
A 23-minute ceremony began at 5:47 p.m., exactly one year to the minute since the tornado touched down.
Muffled sobs were heard throughout the room when a video showing images from the storm was played, along with a soundtrack of 911 calls from panicked callers reporting the tornado touching down near the Woodsbend community and heading in the direction of West Liberty.
"There's nothing wrong with shedding tears, and we're going to shed some here tonight," said Morgan County Judge-executive Tim Conley, who served as master of ceremonies for the program.
At the same time, though, Conley said it was important the one-year anniversary of the storm serve as a point at which the community begins to put the tragedy behind it.
"We're excited about living in Morgan County and West Liberty," he said. "Our future is bright."
West Liberty Mayor Jim Roop choked back tears as he talked about driving down Main Street through town to get to the ceremony. A year ago, he said, "The town was lying on Main Street."
Roop also said it felt good to see happiness and laughter in the faces of residents after looking into those same faces a year ago and seeing "shock, fear and horror."
Dorian Moe, manager of Project Recovery, a crisis counseling service established in Morgan County following the tornado, said one sign the community was beginning to move on from the tragedy was the drawings done by children at the encouragement of counselors to help them express their feelings.
While kids still remember the tornado, their drawings, for the most part, no longer include images of uprooted trees and smashed houses, like they did in the storm's immediate aftermath, she said.
"The houses they draw now are all intact," she said.
Fears of another tornado also have begun to abate, Moe said. In the weeks and months following the twister, every severe-weather warning would trigger fear and anxiety that another disaster was coming, she said.
Saturday's ceremony featured the launch of 51 heat-propelled remembrance lanterns into darkening, snowy skies. The first seven were white, representing the seven miles another tornado that struck Morgan County two days before the March 2 disaster traveled. The next 37 were blue, representing the 37 miles the March 2 tornado traveled. And the final seven were white, representing the seven victims, six of whom died during the storm and one who perished four days later.
Conley also unveiled an architect's rendering of the new Morgan County Transit Center, one of several public buildings that will be built or rebuilt with $30 million in state, federal and private funds that were recently allocated for that purpose.
Located in front of that building will be a remembrance park, which will feature a sculpture done by MCHS art students. The sculpture will be constructed out of tornado debris, Conley said.
Source: Daily Independent
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