Press release from Community Mental Health Center
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - Staff members of Community Mental Health Center, Inc., 285 Bielby Road, Lawrenceburg, will team with members of the agency’s Board of Directors to host a community forum in Dearborn County from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at the Lawrenceburg Community Center, 423 Walnut Street in downtown Lawrenceburg.
CMHC Executive Director Tom Talbot invites the public to participate in the event, which is being offered to help publicize and promote services offered by the Center and to gather input and feedback from the public on what CMHC does well and what it can improve on.
“We’ve been in Southeastern Indiana for nearly fifty years, and we realize that there are many residents who know who we are, but many also who don’t know who we are. We hope that this will be the first of several events to help us help our communities to become more familiar with Community Mental Health Center and what we have to offer,” said Talbot.
Board members from Dearborn County will help facilitate the event, Talbot said. He noted that board members from all five counties served by CMHC will participate in the event, as well.
“We hope to use this community forum as a pilot to see how it goes, then to host similar events in the other counties in our agency’s service area,” said Talbot. By designation from the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction, CMHC serves Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland counties.
“We invite anyone and everyone who has an interest in behavioral health services in Southeastern Indiana, including those who know about CMHC and those who don’t, to come and meet us where they live. In the constantly-changing health care environment in which we now are living and working, we understand that community collaboration will be essential to our success. This is where community collaboration can begin,” said Talbot.
While the event is being held in Dearborn County, Talbot said residents of any of the five counties served by CMHC are welcome. He invited residents, as well as business owners, elected officials, law enforcement and other public safety agencies, media outlets, and health care providers, as well as any others who are interested, to attend.
The event will include a presentation of information about CMHC, as well as a report on a community needs assessment process in which the agency is involved. A question-and-answer session will be featured.
All CMHC services are provided without regard to race, religion, disability, gender, color, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political belief, status as a veteran, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.