ADAMH board names associate director

MARION — Paula Brown will become the new associated director of the Crawford-Marion ADAMH Board on Aug. 7. She will be working alongside current associate director Shirley Galdys, who is retiring this year.

A Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervision Designation (LPCC-S), Brown brings a wealth of experience in leadership, management, and coordination of behavioral health services to the table, including the implementation and maintenance of new client service programs for the Crawford County area. She has been the lead counselor at Maryhaven in Bucyrus since 2013, where she provided clinical assessments, individual and group counseling, case management, and crisis intervention. She assisted with the development of the Intensive Supervision and Treatment Program (ISAT) Jail/Vivitrol® program for Crawford County, in coordination with Common Pleas Court, Working Partners®, and CareSource prison in-reach. She also planned and evaluated treatment services and community programs — such as Naloxone training for the public and law enforcement. Brown is a Star Behavioral Health Provider (SBHP), qualified to provide counseling services to veterans and service members.

From 2012-2013, she provided direct mental health and substance abuse counseling at Community Counseling Services, Inc. n Bucyrus. There she initiated and facilitated a women’s group for clients with varied mental health needs. Prior to that, she worked as an activity therapist and correctional officer at the State of Ohio, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction for 16 years, coordinating inmate service through art, recreational therapy, and community service.

Brown received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from The Ohio State University in 2006 and a Master of Arts in Counseling Ministries from The Methodist Theological School in Ohio in 2013. She has served on the Public Safety and Drug Abuse Action Team of Crawford Partnership for Education and Economic Development and Crawford 20/20 Vision. Brown is on the youth substance prevention subcommittee for Crawford County Health Partners Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Suicide Prevention Coalition, and is a mentor at Bucyrus Elementary School.

In her new role with the Crawford-Marion ADAMH Board, Brown will be responsible for working with ADAMH Board provider agencies.

Staff report