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.

Social Work Month in March spotlights the positive impact of social workers over generations

This year’s theme is “Social Workers: Generations Strong”

Terre Haute, IN – The National Association of Social Workers – Indiana Chapter (NASW-IN) was joined by the Indiana State University Department of Social Work, Hamilton Center, Inc., and several community organizations to celebrate Social Work Month in March by recognizing individuals and organizations for contributions to their communities in the field of social work. The event took place at the College of Health and Human Services, Thursday, March 12, 2020, and featured presentations from local educators and leaders of the field, as well as the announcement of the “NASW-IN Region 9 2020 Social Worker of the Year”, Ms. Emily Owens, MSW, LCSW, Executive Director of Clinical Services at Hamilton Center, Inc. Region 9 of NASW-IN includes Parke, Vermillion, Putnam, Vigo, Clay, Owen, Sullivan, and Greene Counties.

With the beginning of a new decade, the theme for 2020 is “Social Workers: Generations Strong”, which highlights the way social workers from every generation – from the Silent Generation to Generation Z – are shaping our society for the better. There are more than 700,000 social workers across the nation – with more than 9,500 licensed social workers in Indiana – working each day to meet people where they are and help them live to their fullest potential.

Emily Owens, MSW, LCSW, draws experience from working in the human services arena for over twenty years and in the community mental health field for over fifteen years. She began working at Hamilton Center, Inc., in November, 2004, as a Wraparound Specialist and later had several promotions which lead her to her current role of Executive Director of Clinical Services. She oversees Hamilton Center’s Child and Adolescent Services in Vigo County as well as several outpatient satellite offices. Her clinical interests include children and families with complex behavioral health needs as well as adults with mental illness and substance use disorders.

“During Social Work Month, NASW Indiana Chapter makes time to acknowledge and celebrate Social Workers at our regional events, celebrating the profession’s accomplishments, discussing our challenges, and supporting each other,” Executive Director Beryl Cohen said.  “We also present Regional Social Worker of the Year awards at most of our events.  This award recognizes and honors a current member of the association who exemplifies the best of the profession’s values and achievements through specific accomplishments.”

“Social workers have been doing heroic work for generations,” said Ms. Owens. “The impact of those contributions are the foundation on which social workers, like myself and closest colleagues, work today. I value the generations to come that will continue the important work in the field,” she added.

Social work is a profession with expansive borders, and one of the fastest growing professions in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of people employed in social work to grow by 11 percent over the next decade. Even though social workers are found everywhere in our society – for example centers for veterans, mental health and health care facilities, corporations, and local, state and federal government offices – there is a critical shortage of social workers in places like schools, where the profession is needed to help young people deal with complex issues such as trauma, poverty and the impact of our nation’s opioid addiction crisis.

“As we enter a new decade, it is a great time to look back at the tremendous contributions social workers have made to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities on both the local and national level,” Cohen said.  “It is also time to recognize that there is a new generation of social workers coming to the fore who are already making a positive mark on our society.”

Hamilton Center, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit regional health system that employs 45 people with social work degrees in central and west central Indiana, many of which are licensed clinical social workers. Social workers play a critical role in the organization’s efforts in building hope and changing lives. Serving individuals from birth through older adulthood, Hamilton Center provides the highest quality of behavioral health services through individualized treatment plans, trauma informed care, and evidence-based practices.

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

 

Soon to open Opioid Treatment Program Announces Dates for Community Forums

Hamilton Center’s WIN Recovery Offers Information and Q&A

WIN Recovery, a State certified opioid treatment program of Hamilton Center Inc., will host community forums through the month of March to provide information about opioid use disorder and treatment and answer questions related to the opening of the new clinic which is scheduled to open this spring. Both administrative and clinical leadership of Hamilton Center will discuss how medication assisted treatment coupled with coupled with behavioral health services can address this complex disease and assist people in achieving recovery. Local business owners, community members, and government officials are invited to attend the following events:

  • 23 at the Knox Co. Public Library 502 N. 7th St. Vincennes, IN, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • 26 at the Knox Co. Public Library 502 N. 7th St. Vincennes, IN, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • 5 at City Hall 201 Vigo St. Vincennes, IN, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • 12 at Bicknell Vigo Twp. Public Library 201 2nd St. Bicknell, IN, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • 23 at Fort Nightly 421 N. Sixth St. Vincennes, IN, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

“Hamilton Center exists to provide quality behavioral healthcare, wellness and human development services to our community,” said Melvin L Burks, CEO of Hamilton Center, Inc. “These forums allow individuals the opportunity to learn more Hamilton Center, WIN Recovery and our work to assist people suffering from opioid use disorder. We encourage anyone interested in learning about this program to attend, with the hope of increasing awareness about this treatment option and decreasing stigma associated with it.”

Hamilton Center opened its first opioid treatment program (OTP) in May of 2018 in Terre Haute, IN, since serving over 300 individuals. In November of 2018 the organization was awarded two additional licenses for OTPs in Knox and Hendricks counties, by the Department of Mental Health and Addictions of the State of Indiana. The Knox facility will be located at 1433 Willow Street in Vincennes, IN, and is slated to open in spring of 2020. The program will offer medication assisted treatment, in the form of methadone, coupled with group and individual therapy, and case management.

For more information about WIN Recovery visit winrecovery.org or call 833-232-0215.

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 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.