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June 24, 2014

CMHC Unity House to hold open house on June 30

An open house for Unity House, 608 Wilson Creek Road, Lawrenceburg, the residential component of the Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment (IDDT) Program of Community Mental Health Center Inc., Lawrenceburg, will be held Monday, June 30, from 2-4 p.m., according to Kevin Kennedy Sr., CMHC public relations manager.

Unity House is a 10-bed residential treatment facility for individuals who have dual diagnoses of serious and persistent mental illnesses and substance use problems. An interdisciplinary team of therapists, nurses, case managers, employment specialists and program technicians work together with consumers to help them begin the journey of recovery and to maintain their progress on the journey.

The event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony with representatives from CMHC’s community partners on the project: Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction, Dearborn County Hospital and city of Lawrenceburg Redevelopment Commission.

“We appreciate the support of DMHA, DCH and the City of Lawrenceburg on this project. They have made it possible for us to bring our services to a population of individuals truly in need of a specialized level of treatment,” said Tom Talbot, CMHC executive director.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the open house, and light refreshments will be available. The entrance to Unity House is located behind CMHC’s Main Center and the DCH Federal Credit Union.

“Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment is an evidence-based practice for providing mental health and substance abuse treatment services,” said Bridget Bascom-Hinkle, IDDT program director.

“Decades of research for this model have shown positive outcomes for individuals in treatment by reducing the risk of homelessness, reducing hospitalizations and involvement in the criminal justice system, increasing opportunities for employment and improvement in quality of life in general.

“The IDDT team follows the treatment model and provides intensive community-based services to individuals in our communities in need of this specialized treatment. Services include case management, skills building, counseling, medication management, crisis intervention and employment services in the home and in the community,” she revealed.

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