Hamilton Center, Inc. operations change due to COVID-19

Offices will remain open for emergency services

As the number of those affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States continues to rise, Hamilton Center will remain open to serve consumers; however, most appointments will be provided using alternative ways, including telephone communication and video conferencing. The psychiatric needs of patients will continue to be addressed and services will be delivered.

Governor Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction worked to allow community mental health centers, like Hamilton Center, some flexibility in providing services. Most therapy and case management appointments will be provided remotely using up-to-date technology, such as telephone and video conferencing. This remote service delivery model will decrease the risk of virus transmission between providers and consumers.

At this time, Hamilton Center facilities will remain open for emergency services.

“Hamilton Center will continue to provide services to those clients struggling with mental health and substance use disorders,” said Melvin L. Burks, Hamilton Center’s CEO. “However, we must remain flexible to adapt to this evolving emergency situation and work to keep people safe and healthy,” he said.

In addition, Hamilton Center has implemented some additional policies to assist in health and safety, including:

  • Staff, consumers and visitors are screened at all locations
  • No visitors permitted on the Inpatient Unit or residential facilities
  • Residents of group homes will be asked to stay at home
  • Group therapy will be replaced with individual therapy, as needed
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing of all facilities
  • Staff will practice social distancing, as defined by the CDC
  • Early Head start services will be closed at this time
  • Admission to Residential facilities will be limited to internal referrals
  • Consumer education will be distributed by various methods
  • Clubhouse/Infinity House will be closed at this time

Hamilton Center, Inc., will continue to follow guidance from the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction, the Indiana State Department of Health and the CDC to ensure the health and safety of its patients and staff.

Access to services will remain the same. Call 1-800-742-0787 for an appointment. Further information will be distributed as plans evolve.

COVID-19: Managing Mental Health During Uncertain Times

Hamilton Center, Inc., offers reliable guidance

There is little doubt of the anxiety that many people feel about the evolving National State of Emergency issued for the COVID-19. Often times, uncertainty and the perception of lack of control can cause fear in both children and adults. This is particularly true for those with an underlying psychiatric condition.

Hamilton Center has been keeping up to date with news from State and local agencies particularly around the need to assist people who are having emotional distress related to this disease outbreak.

It is important that we remain calm and confident about our ability to problem solve, use sound judgment, focus on the things you can control, base actions on facts and utilize guidance from the experts when responding.  In addition, it is critical that we be truthful with those around us, even children, talking about the facts of what we know today without getting ahead of ourselves and dwelling on the growing “what ifs”.

Below is some guidance to help people gain some control and feel better in this uncertain time.

  • Stay informed using reliable resources like:
  • cdc.gov/coronavirus/
  • in.gov/coronavirus/
  • Be honest when discussing the issue with others, especially your doctor.
  • Use age-appropriate responses/explanations in communication.
  • Limit consumption of news and social media with young children or those who are overwhelmed with information.
  • Practice and promote safe and effective hand washing, good hygiene, and cleanliness in high traffic areas.
  • Stay home when you or anyone in your household is sick or experiencing symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath.
  • Get carry out/delivery from your favorite restaurant.
  • Use the time to connect with children and families – think fun!
  • Do things that help relax you and promote mental wellness: yoga, meditation, reading a good book, etc.
  • Stay active — run, walk, hike, exercise.
  • Check on family, friends, and particularly those in isolation.
  • If you are experiencing significant emotional distress, reach out to family, friends, or a mental health professional.

Hamilton Center, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit regional health system in central and west central Indiana. The Organization is building hop and changing lives through a broad array of health service for people during their entire lifecycle, birth through older adulthood. Services are individualized, trauma informed, and evidence based.

For more information, contact 812-231-8323 or visit www.hamiltoncenter.org.

Hamilton Center Welcomes New Therapist to Linton Office

Hamilton Center, Inc. welcomes therapists Wendy Hill, MSW, LCSW, and Brittney Higgins, to the Linton satellite office located at Lonetree Rd. in Linton, IN.

Ms. Hill graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in social and behavioral sciences and later went on to complete a master’s in Social Work from Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis. With Spanish as a secondary language, Ms. Hill has worked in a variety of settings serving families, children and adolescents, adults, and those struggling with addictions. Her clinical interests are in trauma, anxiety, and depression. She enjoys helping individuals and families realize their strengths and reach their potential.

Ms. Higgins graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies and later went on to complete a master’s in Social Work from Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis. Ms. Higgins has worked in a variety of settings serving families, children and adolescents, and those struggling with crisis. Her clinical interests are working with adolescents and young adults who suffer from depression, anxiety and/or have experienced trauma, as well as assisting these clients with navigating life changes.

Hamilton Center, Inc. is a regional behavioral health system in Central and West Central Indiana with corporate offices located in Terre Haute, IN. Services are provided to children, youth and adults, with specialized programs for expectant mothers, infants, and people who may be struggling with stress, life changes, or relationship issues as well as more serious problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, and serious mental illnesses.
For information on Hamilton Center Services call (800) 742-0787.

Hamilton Center Welcomes New Therapists to Owen Office

Hamilton Center, Inc. welcomes therapist Kimberly Zaun, MA, LPC, to the Owen satellite office located at 909 W. Hillside Ave. in Spencer, IN.

Ms. Zaun graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in clinical mental health counseling from Bowling Green State University, in Bowling Green, Ohio. Ms. Zaun has significant experience in the mental health field having worker with children providing crisis intervention, mental health assessments, and individual and group therapy. Her clinical interests are in Trauma-Informed Care, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Application.

Hamilton Center, Inc. is a regional behavioral health system in Central and West Central Indiana with corporate offices located in Terre Haute, IN. Services are provided to children, youth and adults, with specialized programs for expectant mothers, infants, and people who may be struggling with stress, life changes, or relationship issues as well as more serious problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, and serious mental illnesses.
For information on Hamilton Center Services call (800) 742-0787.

Hamilton Center Awarded DMHA Poverty Simulation Systems of Care Grant

Sets date for next SOC meeting.

Terre Haute, IN- Hamilton Center has been awarded the Project AWARE Systems of Care (SOC) School Based Engagement grant by the Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA). The grant provides $4,942 to fund Community Action Poverty Simulations (CAPS) that will help increase awareness and understanding about poverty and how it impacts the youth and families in our community. In partnership with local SOCs, Hamilton Center, Inc. will serve Vigo, Sullivan, Parke, Vermillion, Clay, Greene and Marion counties with this grant.

Poverty is a significant area of concern for central and west central Indiana. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, counties served by this grant have a higher percentage of children living in poverty than the state average, an estimated 17.8 percent for individuals under the age of 18.  All counties proposed for the grant fall above that number, with Vigo and Marion at 25 percent, and Vermillion, the lowest of the group, at 17.9 percent. This group of counties also struggles with other issues related to poverty. In the state, Clay and Parke counties rank in the top 10 for removal of children from the home due to substance use; Sullivan County ranks 7th for unemployment rate; while Greene County ranks 5th for unemployment.

“Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families” Said Melvin L. Burks, Hamilton Center’s CEO.  “But unless someone has experienced poverty, it’s difficult to truly understand,” he said.

The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) bridges that gap from misconception to understanding. CAPS is an interactive immersion experience. It sensitizes community participants to the realities of poverty.  The goals of the simulation are promote poverty awareness, increase understanding, inspire local change, and transform perspectives.

“These staggering statistics show a significant need for community initiatives like the SOC,” said Dwight Weaver, SOC Coordinator and Program Manager of Child & Adolescent Services at Hamilton Center, Inc. “The primary function of the SOC is to increase services and collaborations among providers to meet the increasing needs of the youth and families in our communities, with the ultimate goal of improving these statistics,” he said.

Hamilton Center has taken a primary role in developing SOC’s across its regional footprint, applying for several grants that will help increase access to services and market the good work of the group. The organization received the DMHA School Based Systems of Care grant in August of 2019 to develop a marketing campaign and website which will provide a broader reach for the initiative. Go to www.vigosoc.org to get more information.

Community members, specifically those involved in the “system of care”, are invited to attend the monthly SOC meetings. If you are interested in attending by call Dwight Weaver, Program Manager, Hamilton Center, Inc., at 812-231-8194.