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BHSN opens its new Center for Well Being

From left to right, at the Center for Well Being: Ellen Creighton, Peter Trout and Shawn Sabella of Behavioral Health Services North.

From left to right, at the Center for Well Being: Ellen Creighton, Peter Trout and Shawn Sabella of Behavioral Health Services North. Photo by Stephen Bartlett.

The Center for Well Being also offers primary care, which BHSN felt was important to integrate into its mental health services.

The new facility includes two Department of Health-approved exam rooms.

Trout explained that mental health clients, on average, die 25 years before those without mental illnesses, adding that part of that figure can be attributed to a lack of good primary care.

Services offered at the Adult Clinic include mental health treatments for Clinton County adults such as mental health assessments, psychotherapy, psychiatric consultation, medication management and crisis services.

The Personalized Recovery Oriented Services Learning Center brings rehabilitation, support and clinic services together into plans that support participants’ goals.

At the new location, clients will have access to more educational and recreational activities, said Shawn Sabella, the program director of Personalized Recovery Oriented Services. BHSN may start a community garden in a fenced-in area, which will allow clients to grow vegetables, an activity which can be very relaxing.

“The increased green space is really important,” Sabella said. “We now have a gym and year-round access to wellness activities.”

“The focus is identifying life goals and getting it and sustaining it,” Trout said.

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