MANSFIELD -- Richland County plans on launching up to two behavioral health urgent care facilities in August.
Richland County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board Executive Director Joe Trolian told Richland County commissioners on Tuesday morning about the plan to pilot the two facilities.
"As individuals deal with the impact of the COVID epidemic, we find our services in greater demand," said Trolian, who attended the meeting to receive a proclamation from commissioners designating May as Mental Health Month locally.
He said the two sites, done in conjunction with partners at Catalyst Life Services and Family Life Counseling and Psychiatric Services, would allow access for initial assessments and brief, solution-focused counseling Monday through Saturday and also to four evenings per week on a walk-in basis.
"No appointment will be necessary," said Trolian. "We know when someone decides they need help, it is essential that they can access care quickly and conveniently.
"We are still in the development stages, but hope to have the doors open on these behavioral health urgent cares on Aug. 2," Trolian said.
Tentatively, the hours at each site are planned:
Catalyst Life Services, 741 Scholl Road -- Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Family Life Counseling, 151 Marion Ave. -- Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Trolian said Family Life will also offer the walk-in services at its Shelby site, 169 Mansfield Ave., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.
"I think (the urgent cares) are going to be huge," he said. "The biggest issue I hear today is when we have someone that we need to get in for services, we can't get them in right away."
Trolian said it's a "narrow window" when a person struggling with a mental health issue decides to seek assistance.
Trolian also discussed planned mental health month activities, including Wellness Wednesdays at Catalyst Life Services at 270 Sterkel Blvd., the Bike-A-Palooza Family Festival May 15 at North Lake Park and the first 33 Forever Mental Health Birthday Walk on May 22.
Also on Tuesday, commissioners approved a request from Richland County Engineer Adam Gove to reduce the speed on a 2.8-mile section of Possum Run Road to 50 miles per hour from its current 55 mph.
The change on the road, also known as County Road 320, will be between Touby Road and Rhinehart Road. The change will adjust the speed limit in that section to match other slower speeds on other sections of the roads.
Commissioners also issued a proclamation designating May as National Foster Care Month. More than 60 local families are bow certified by the Department of Job & Family Services to provide foster care services and the proclamation is aimed at honoring their efforts.
Anyone interested in learning more about foster care, visit the Richland County Children Services website.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and ODJFS Interim Director Matt Damschroder said more than 15,000 Ohio children are in foster care.
“Foster families who open their hearts and homes deserve our praise and support,” DeWine said in a press release. “Their selfless acts show the character of our communities and provide a temporary safe haven for children when it’s not safe for them to remain in their own homes.”
This year’s national theme is “Foster Care as a Support to Families, Not as a Substitute for Parents.” More than half of the 423,000 youth in foster care nationally have a case plan goal of reunifying with a parent or primary caregiver. In Ohio last year, 7,700 foster children were reunified with their families.