Local grant can help families in crisis

BUCYRUS — Community Counseling Services has received a $5,000 grant from Crawford-Marion Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) to purchase supplies for the counseling agency’s crisis team.

After a sudden trauma or extended mental health condition, families may experience a crisis and reach out for help. Community Counseling Services (CCS) works closely with public schools, hospitals, and law enforcement to provide crisis support to Crawford and Marion Counties. The agency is responsible for the community’s only 24-hour crisis team.

Cindy Wallis, Director of Programming and Clinical Operations at CCS explains, “Most of the time traditional talk therapy is not effective during a crisis. The supplies we were able to purchase help our therapists make meaningful interventions when timing and planning are crucial. Our ADAMHS Board helps us make a difference for people of all ages.”

Each crisis counselor has been provided with a supply kit of therapeutic games, toys and tools to use with adults and children. Children who are not old enough to express themselves verbally use items such as ‘Feelings Frog’ to help them explain how they feel.

Community Counseling Services has provided behavioral healthcare for more than 38 years. It is located at 2458 Stetzer Road, Bucyrus. Counseling is also offered in Crestline and Galion by appointment. CCS accepts clients with private and state insurance, as well as the uninsured, and can be reached at 419-562-2000. To learn more visit myccsi.squarespace.com.

Staff report