Whitesburg KY

Agency opens new mental health clinic here

A mental health company that offers mental health and addiction services in 42 other Kentucky counties has opened a clinic in Letcher County for the first time.

The nonprofit Mountain Comprehensive Care Center Inc. (which is not related to Mountain Comprehensive Health Care) will offer behavioral health services and intensive outpatient therapy from a clinic on East Main Street in Whitesburg, clinic director Adam Maggard said.

The company held a grand opening for the clinic in the former Probation and Parole office on Monday.

“The agency has been around a long time and has been expanding, and I approached them and asked them about doing something here,” said Maggard, a native of Eolia who has worked in the mental health field for several years.

MCCC operates in all of the counties around Letcher except Harlan County, and has clinics as far north as Greenup, Lewis, and Mason counties, and as far into central Kentucky as Harrison and Fayette counties. The company also offers services in far western Kentucky, with clinics from the Tennessee border to Daviess County on the Ohio River, and from Todd County to Fulton County on the Mississippi. It employs about 1,200 people across the state, and sees 23,000 clients a year.

Zack Watts, a spokesman for MCCC, said the Whitesburg office is the company’s 28th full service clinic. The company offers several home-based services from its clinics as well, though some of those will not be offered at first in Whitesburg. Among the services MCCC offers are therapeutic foster care for abandoned, neglected or abused children; adult and children’s behavioral health services; HomePlace Clinics for primary care and disease management; addiction services; housing assistance; developmental and disability services; supported employment for veterans with PTSD and adults with severe mental illness, intellectual disability and addiction disorders; a domestic violence and sexual assault healing program; and crisis and residential psychiatric services.

Not all of the services will be available in Whitesburg, though most of the outpatient behavioral health and addiction services will be.

Maggard is a licensed clinical social worker who will provide counseling to clients, and psychiatry services will be available as needed. The office has a peer counselor who Maggard said can relate to people with addiction from her own experience, and a community support specialist who will work to put clients in contact with services in the community that they need.

MCCC is the second nonprofit behavioral health corporation to open a facility in Letcher County. Kentucky River Community Care, which offers services in seven counties along the Kentucky River, operates day centers for adults, and the Sapling Center for teens in Letcher County.

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