新澳资料 announces new childcare program

新澳资料 is excited to announce our newest program serving children birth through two years of age.  The 新澳资料 Childcare Program is a licensed program located in Terre Haute that accepts self-pay and payment through the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) and is open to both staff and consumers in addition to community members.  You can learn more about the program at or by contacting Tiffany Cherry at tcherry@hamiltoncenter.org or 812-231-8156.

新澳资料鈥檚 Childcare Program provides family-centered services for very young children and their families.  The program is designed to promote the development of the children. It promotes the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of infants and toddlers through safe and developmentally appropriate caregiving. The program prepares children for continued growth and development and eventual success in school and life. Staff and providers can connect children and their families to the broad array of clinical or community-based services provided by other 新澳资料 programs through referrals.

Parke County drug court provides many benefits to consumers

By CHELSEA WELLS, Director of Communications

The Parke County Drug Court was implemented in June 2006 as an alternative to traditional case processing of drug offenders. The drug court targets non-violent, felony drug offender. It is a voluntary program in which eligible offenders participate in an intense, multi-phase treatment program, submit to frequent drug testing, attend 12 step meetings, complete substance abuse treatment programing, remain alcohol and drug free, and complete other drug court responsibilities while under the supervision of the drug court team. Drug court is designed to give drug users the treatment and other resources they need to end their dependency.聽 Successful participants will have their charges dismissed.

新澳资料 became a member of the drug court team in its inception.  新澳资料 completes an assessment, makes treatment recommendations, and offers clinical guidance for substance use treatment throughout the drug court process.  

Since January 1st, 2023, Parke County Drug Court has conducted 1,326 drug screens. Out of these 1,326 screens, only 21 of them were confirmed positive. Further, since January of 2023, we have had 12 graduations and only 3 terminations. 

Here are some testimonials from our recent graduations:

鈥淒rug Court is a tough but fair program. I am glad that my county offers a program like this as it allowed me to continue growing my own business. Not only did the program and staff allow me to keep working, but they also help me get in control of my addiction. I am thankful for Drug Court.鈥

鈥溞掳淖柿 was easily my strongest support while in Drug Court. I would not be where I am without my Peer Recovery Coach from 新澳资料. She has showed me the better way to live.鈥

鈥淒rug Court was patient with me while I struggled to find employment because of my pending charges, and for that I am grateful. I did not realize how much happier my life could be without being dependent on drugs.鈥

鈥淭oday I know who I am. Most importantly I know what I do from day to day and remember it. I can honestly say that I have put my life back together one step at a time. It was tough but I got there and it鈥檚 great, I am great, my life is great.鈥

新澳资料 Awards Announced – 鈥淭he Ripple Effect鈥, the theme for the 2023 event

新澳资料 Inc. hosted its annual 新澳资料 Awards dinner on Tuesday, October 24, at 6:00 pm at Sycamore Banquet Center on the campus of Indiana State University, Terre Haute IN.  Over 350 staff, community partners, and referring organizations enjoyed dinner and celebration of 新澳资料 Award nominees.  Featured, was keynote speaker, Art Fuller, Chief of 新澳资料鈥檚 Certified Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) initiative. 

Joining 新澳资料 in March 2020, Fuller has a passion for spreading optimism and was selected as a 新澳资料 Award Winner in 2021. Art has 25 years of experience in education serving culturally diverse students, students with disabilities, and families who are English language learners. He spent 7 years as a legislative liaison in support of pre-K through higher education and has 10 years of experience as a nonprofit executive and school leader. Art earned a BA in Neuroscience and Behavior from Wesleyan University (CT) and a Master of Education in Middle School Mathematics from Lesley University (MA). He is completing a dual degree Master of Public Health / Doctor of Health Sciences at the University of Indianapolis (IN) focused on health equity.

The theme for Tuesday鈥檚 event, 鈥淭he Ripple Effect鈥 suggests that one person鈥檚 actions can impact so many others.  Clinical staffs鈥 work with one consumer at 新澳资料 often ripples to the family, the consumer鈥檚 friends and ultimately positively impacts the entire community.  Consumers are able to live independently with improved relationships and become productive members of the community. 

新澳资料 Awards were also presented. Named in her honor, Katherine 新澳资料 fought for the inclusion, acceptance, and support of those struggling with mental illness in the early 1960鈥檚. She emphasized the importance of community in her life鈥檚 work. In this spirit, 新澳资料 awards were created to recognize individuals and organizations who have significantly contributed to the cause of mental health and addiction while furthering the mission of 新澳资料, Inc. in the community. All nominees were recognized, and winners included: 

新澳资料, Inc. Annual Dinner, Tuesday, October 25, 2023, Sycamore Banquet Center.

Volunteer winner:   LT Thompson, an individual who has not only devoted his life to assisting people to improve their health through wellness  but has mentored so many children who would otherwise not have the means to participate in organized sports or other community events.  Thompson has spent hours coaching and training kids in sports and in life.  He often transports them to games and practices and pays their participation fees out of his own pocket to get them involved. He is a wonderful role model to many and his mentorship has provided guidance and support to children who needed a positive role model in their lives.  

新澳资料, Inc. Annual Dinner, Tuesday, October 25, 2023, Sycamore Banquet Center.

Community winner:  DeAnna Griffin, Executive Dir. of Phoenix House.  Griffin was described as an incredible advocate for woman in recovery.  She works tirelessly to reunite women in recovery with their children  – providing love and support throughout the entire process. Griffin works with the only recovery house for women in Terre Haute – Phoenix House. It is a faith-based residential recovery program that provides a structured sober-living environment, along with 12 step recovery, behavior modification, accountability, peer support, service work, support groups, and discipleship teachings of biblical truths.  Griffin is building sisterhood, impacting community and reigniting hope in so many.

新澳资料, Inc. Annual Dinner, Tuesday, October 25, 2023, Sycamore Banquet Center.

Youth winner:  Imer Holman, a student who was described by his nominator as a young person who embodies the attributes of a truly great person. He is unselfish and works to improve the lives of others.  He started a program at Terre Haute South to help students understand that there is always someone available to help if in need.  Holman teamed up with 新澳资料 to initiate events at middle schools and in the community to provide assistance to students struggling. 

新澳资料, Inc. Annual Dinner, Tuesday, October 25, 2023, Sycamore Banquet Center.

Staff winner:  Crystal Reynolds, PhD, a women described by her nominator as the most compassionate person that he has ever known.  Reynolds background and experience in education, legal, and consulting has uniquely positioned her to holistically assist consumers in various facets of their lives. Her dedication, willingness to serve, and commitment to the community is unmatched.  She has been working for 新澳资料 since 2019 as a Care Manager.  Her educational and work experience are extensive which includes a Doctor of Philosophy from Indiana State University, a Doctorate of Juris from Tulane University and bachelors and master鈥檚 in history from Indiana State. Reynolds is known for her outspoken advocacy, compassion, and community service.

新澳资料, Inc. Annual Dinner, Tuesday, October 25, 2023, Sycamore Banquet Center.
新澳资料, Inc. Annual Dinner, Tuesday, October 25, 2023, Sycamore Banquet Center.

Lastly, the Frank W. Jerse awards are presented to annual to community members who are veterans, assisted veteran families or advanced educational system in central and west central Indiana.  Dr. Jerse, for whom this award is named, served his country during World Warr II and received a purple heart.  Upon returning from war he received a doctorate in psychology and dedicated a significant portion of his career furthering post-secondary education at Indiana State University. He also played a vital role in the development of 新澳资料 Inc. Winners of the 2023 Frank W. Jerse award were Daniel McGrath, valued coach and educator, and Hollis Joseph Thomas, veteran.

Large crowd commemorates U.S. addiction total with butterfly release

Hundreds of families and friends of people whose families have been affected by drug overdose deaths converged on Fairbanks Park in Terre Haute on Sept. 8 for the annual butterfly release sponsored by 新澳资料, Inc. and the Wabash Valley Recovery Center.

Daily overdose deaths currently average 193 per day in the United States, and a corresponding number of butterflies was released to symbolically represent that total.

This month is National Recovery Month.

In The Past Year鈥
Nearly 1 in 3 adults had a substance use disorder or mental illness.
13.5% of young adults ages 18 to 25 had a substance use disorder
and mental illness.

Recovery Is Real
7 in 10 adults who have had a substance use disorder consider themselves to be recovering or in recovery.
2 in 3 adults who have had a mental health issue consider themselves to be recovering or in recovery (Source: SAMHSA).

Treatment is available, and recovery is possible. People are able to regain their lives, heal their families, and really live again.
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新澳资料 Looks to Fill the Field at Sheriff Shootout

With 3 weeks left, 10 spots remain open.

With just a few weeks left until tee off, 新澳资料 is eager to get the community engaged in the 32nd Annual Golf Outing.

新澳资料 Foundation, Inc. has committed to matching 100 percent of the net proceeds for the 32nd Annual Sheriff Shootout Golf Outing 鈥 creating twice the impact the event has on children鈥檚 mental health services in our community.

鈥淭his year the match has set us up to take the impact of the Shootout to new levels,鈥 said Zach Jenkins, Director of Marketing at 新澳资料. 鈥淭his creates an excellent opportunity for our partners to support a strong mental health system for children in the community 鈥 and have fun doing it.鈥

The Shootout is the premiere outing for the Wabash Valley and takes place every year at Rea Park Golf Course in Terre Haute, IN 鈥 this year on Friday May 12, 2023, with two shotgun starts, 7:30 am and 1:00 pm.

Last year funds from the outing were used to serve more than 100 children and their families through program enhancements, materials, and service scholarships. This year the goal is to raise $50,000 through golfer fees and sponsorships to realize another $50,000 in 新澳资料 Foundation鈥檚 match.

Since its inception, the Shootout has also celebrated the strong relationship between local law enforcement and 新澳资料鈥檚 crisis services and mental health providers. In fact, local organizations can now sponsor local Sheriff鈥檚 and First Responder鈥檚 Teams who compete in the morning Sheriff鈥檚 Tournament for bragging rights and the coveted Sheriff鈥檚 Trophy.

新澳资料 Foundation鈥檚 mission is to strengthen the community by providing consistent and lasting support to 新澳资料, Inc. as it provides the highest quality behavioral health care and wellness services in Indiana.

鈥淭he Foundation values the continued support provided by the Center鈥檚 partners in making the Shootout a success,鈥 said Margie Anshutz, President & CEO of 新澳资料 Foundation, Inc. 鈥淥ur goal is to reinforce that support by matching funds to make a larger impact on children鈥檚 mental health services.鈥

Learn more about the Shootout鈥檚 sponsorship packages or register a team at https://www.sheriffshootout.com.

新澳资料 achieves Three Star Designation from Star Behavioral Health Providers.

Welcomes New Military Veteran Program Coordinator

新澳资料, Inc. has recently achieved the Behavioral Health Center Three Star Designation from Star Behavioral Health Providers.  This distinction recognizes the organization鈥檚 service and commitment to service members, veterans, and their family members across the state of Indiana.  Star Behavioral Health Providers ensures that veterans and their families are able to seek help from qualified professionals who are trained in military-specific subjects and can address the special challenges they face.

This designation, coupled with the hiring of Steven Neice, Military Veteran Program (MVP) Coordinator, has positioned 新澳资料 to provide our community鈥檚 services members, veterans, and their families with exceptional care, comprehensive resources, and needed support.

新澳资料鈥檚 MVP program appreciates the dedication and sacrifice required of our current military and our veteran families.  Whether a veteran has recently returned or has been home for years, returning service members frequently suffer in silence and are reluctant to reach out for help. Family members can be a valuable resource for providing front line support to their loved one, however, they often need guidance and education to assist in coping with the changes in their family relationships.

鈥淎s a veteran, I am looking forward to working with and supporting fellow veterans and their families,鈥 said Mr. Neice.  鈥淭hey have dedicated much of their lives in service to us, now it鈥檚 time we serve them, and serve them well.鈥

Mr. Neice is a disabled combat veteran with 12 years of military service including serving in the Persian Gulf War.  He brings to 新澳资料 his extensive knowledge of military life and service as well as 15 years of experience working for the Indiana Department of Corrections. 

新澳资料, Inc. is a regional health system in Central and West Central Indiana with corporate offices located in Terre Haute, Ind.  Services are provided to children, youth, and adults, with specialized programs for expectant mothers, infants, and people who may be struggling with stress, life changes, or relationship issues, as well as more serious problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, and serious mental illnesses.

New Citizens Program provides second chances

On January 6, 2023, 新澳资料 graduated another 鈥渘ew citizen鈥 from a program that offers the opportunity to acquire job skills, employment, and a new way of life.

鈥淚 have learned so much through this program 鈥 to be authentic, be sincere, and be the best person I can be.  This was so tough at times, but it has changed me.  It has made me a better person, and I am so grateful for this opportunity.  鈥 Teddy Brewer, 新澳资料, Inc. New Citizen Graduate.

新澳资料鈥檚 New Citizen Program, first established in 2013, gives individuals who have been incarcerated the tools needed for a second chance at life.  Throughout a one-year probationary period, participants train in different areas of the Corporation to gain skills and experience to secure a permanent career at 新澳资料.  In addition to job skills, participants gain life skills as they work through challenges of reintegration into their communities with a team of mentors that meet with them weekly.

鈥淥nce an individual has paid their debt to society, they should be imparted the opportunity to restore and build upon their lives.鈥 鈥 Melvin L. Burks, President/CEO, 新澳资料, Inc.

The opportunity is life changing for someone who has been involved in the criminal justice system and is willing to turn his or her life around.  The program offers support from 新澳资料 staff and community leaders to bring confidence and motivation to someone who is willing to become a new citizen.

The New Citizen Program is about supporting those who have made decisions that could negatively affect the rest of their lives.  新澳资料 has made it possible for these individuals to have a second chance, to start a new life, and to travel down a supported path to success.

鈥淭his program gives individuals an opportunity that is unlike any other, said Burks.  It tests your will and can be very challenging, but Mr. Brewer succeeded.鈥

Since its inception, the New Citizen Program has graduated ten participants, and the program has expanded to additional organizations throughout the Wabash Valley.  新澳资料 welcomes additional host sites and participants for the New Citizen Program. To learn more, visit , or call (812) 231-8323.

新澳资料鈥檚 Access Center is now Crisis Diversion Center

The Access Center at 新澳资料 has changed its name to the Crisis Diversion Center. 新澳资料鈥檚 24-hour Crisis Line remains the same at 800.742.0787.

The name change comes at the tail end of a series of expansions in services for the department and more accurately represents its evolving role in the community. The department will continue to deliver all the same services, including crisis assessments and acute interventions. Over the past couple of years, the department has expanded to operate 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. This expansion in hours allows the Crisis Diversion Center to better serve individuals who are experiencing a mental health emergency when that emergency occurs.

In addition, the mobile crisis team, which began in 2021, has allowed 新澳资料鈥檚 mental health professionals to meet those in crisis wherever they may be in the Vigo County community – connecting them with mental health professionals, as well as assisting with transportation back to the facility for monitoring and acute intervention as needed.

鈥淭he expansion of hours in the Crisis Diversion Center allows more opportunity for people in Vigo, and surrounding counties, to access crisis services at a time when they are most vulnerable and in need of support,鈥 said Natasha Newcomb, LCSW, Chief of Crisis Diversion. 鈥淭hese services help us better route people to appropriate levels of care.鈥

The addition of these services and programs has allowed 新澳资料 to enhance the collaborative relationship with local law enforcement by diverting mental health crises away from the criminal justice system to mental health services. 鈥淒iversion centers like this one allow law enforcement to more quickly connect those in crisis with the right care 鈥 mental health professionals,鈥 said Amber Sebastian, Manager of Crisis Diversion at 新澳资料, Inc. 鈥淚t will also lessen their involvement in mental health crisis situations and get them back out in the community to deal with other criminal activities.鈥

In addition to the expansion in services, the facility has more than doubled from roughly 1000 square feet to more than 2000 square feet, increasing from two observation/assessment rooms to six. 鈥溞掳淖柿 has always worked to provide the least-restrictive environment possible for consumers in our care,鈥 said Natasha Newcomb, LCSW, Chief of Crisis Diversion Center. 鈥淭o promote this, we have added recliners for each room, a pantry, and designed the common area to feel more open.鈥

鈥淥ur vision is to advance excellence in healthcare through compassion, customer responsiveness, innovation, and flexibility,鈥 said Melvin L Burks, President and CEO of 新澳资料, Inc. 鈥淭hese enhancements have positioned us to better serve our consumers鈥 needs and the community鈥檚 need.鈥 He also stated that these changes align with priorities at the State and Federal level with the rollout of 988, the new national mental health crisis/suicide prevention number and the movement toward federally recognized, Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, which 新澳资料 is a part.

新澳资料, Inc. is a regional health system in Central and West Central Indiana with corporate offices located in Terre Haute, Ind.  Services are provided to children, youth, and adults, with specialized programs for expectant mothers, infants, and people who may be struggling with stress, life changes, or relationship issues, as well as more serious problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, and serious mental illnesses.

A Crisis Specialist responds to a community crisis call and deploys shortly after to travel directly to the individual in crisis and deliver mental health services.

新澳资料 provides the least restrictive environment possible for those in its care. The Crisis Diversion Center has added comfortable seating, a pantry, and a more open atrium to promote this. 鈥淚t鈥檚 important for those in crisis to have a safe, comfortable, and confidential environment to recovery and stabilize in,鈥 said Natasha Newcomb, Chief of Crisis Diversion Center at 新澳资料.

The 新澳资料 Awards Announced

鈥淢eeting People Where They Are鈥, the theme for the 2022 event

新澳资料 Inc. hosted its annual 新澳资料 Awards on Tuesday, October 25, at 6:00 pm at Sycamore Banquet Center on the campus of Indiana State University, Terre Haute IN.  Featured, was keynote speaker, Terry Stigdon,

 Stigdon was appointed director of the Indiana Department of Child Services in early 2018 as part of Gov. Eric Holcomb鈥檚 sweeping reform of the state鈥檚 child welfare agency. In her first year in her new position, Stigdon implemented changes aimed at offering the best service to Hoosier children and families. As a result of her efforts to provide the right care to the right child at the right time, the state has seen a decrease in children in residential treatment and foster care. Prior to her appointment, she spent nearly 20 years at Riley Hospital for Children. Her work took her to the pediatric intensive care unit as well as the emergency medicine and trauma center; there, she saw firsthand what can happen in the most serious cases of child neglect and abuse. Stigdon, a Chicago native, holds a bachelor鈥檚 degree in nursing as well as a master鈥檚 degree in nursing leadership and management

The theme for Tuesday鈥檚 event, 鈥淢eeting people where they are鈥 not only refers to clinical services delivery, but also addresses serving people in nontraditional ways such as virtual/telehealth services and community-based services including mobile services. 63% of services delivered in fiscal year 2022 were either performed remotely or in the community, commented Melvin L. Burks, President & CEO.   

新澳资料 Awards were also presented. Named in her honor, Katherine 新澳资料 fought for the inclusion, acceptance, and support of those struggling with mental illness in the early 1960鈥檚. She emphasized the importance of community in her life鈥檚 work. In this spirit, 新澳资料 awards were created to recognize individuals and organizations who have significantly contributed to the cause of mental health and addiction while furthering the mission of 新澳资料, Inc. in the community. All nominees were recognized, and winners included: 

Volunteer winner:   DJ Souse, Beast Training and Morgan Wilson, Pheonix Elite.  These two young mentors hosted a weeklong basketball camp called 鈥淏lacktop Camp鈥 which was free and open to any kid in the community.  In addition to learning basketball skills, lessons were taught in community service and how to conduct oneself in life.  Special guests were featured, and lunch was served.  Children got 鈥渋n shape鈥 while they learned lifelong skills and spent time with two outstanding role models. 

Community winner:  The Terre Haute Boys and Girls Club.  This organization has been a staple in the community for over 100 years, providing a safe and fun place for young people to learn and grow.  Serving Vigo, Vermillion, Sullivan, Clay, Parke, Clark ad Greene counties, The Terre Haute Boys and Girls Club provides a variety of recreational and educational programs during the school year and summers all focused on individual development. Accepting the award was Mr. Bobby Moore, the Club鈥檚 devoted longtime leader. 

新澳资料 staff winner:  Tracie Session, Chief Financial Officer.  Session was awarded for her personal commitment to advance the mission of 新澳资料 and for her leadership ability and work ethic.  She began working at 新澳资料 nine years ago in the fiscal dept. She quickly was promoted to several positions before being named CFO in July of this year.  In the words of her nominator, 鈥淭racie goes above and beyond with enthusiasm and is always reaching for the next goal.鈥 

新澳资料, Inc. takes over downtown Terre Haute for Employee Kickoff

On Friday, July 15th, 新澳资料, Inc. took over downtown Terre Haute for a few hours, treating its more than 660 orange-clad employees to breakfast at one of several local eateries before convening at Indiana State University鈥檚 Tilson Auditorium for the company鈥檚 10th annual Employee Kickoff celebration.

The event, which took place two weeks after the conclusion of the HCI fiscal year, served to honor the employees for their accomplishments of the past year as well as to share goals and objectives for the next 12 months. Many employees took home one of several thousand dollars鈥 worth of prizes in a raffle drawing, ranging from TVs to recreational equipment and kitchen appliances.

Melvin L. Burks, President/CEO of the mental health facility, served as master of ceremonies. He noted that the company has greatly reduced its number of employees working remotely due to COVID-19, and the event was a chance for everyone to get together again.

鈥淚 want to thank all of you for coming daily to serve our consumers,鈥 Burks said. 鈥淭hat is our number one goal. My main reason for being here is to serve our consumers at a quality level.  I want you all to know, that from myself and the management team that we appreciate everything you have done for our corporation and our consumers,鈥 he added. 鈥淚 can鈥檛 say that enough. We cannot make it without you. I am going to work hard to make sure you have a good life, and you can go home and take care of your family.鈥

Four employees were honored as the outstanding employees of the quarter 鈥 Lila Wilson (clubhouse generalist), Lisa McKillop (housekeeping supervisor at the corporate building), Maria Ramos (mental health technician at the Fort Harrison Group Home) and Sabrina Harroll (therapist in Clay County). Executive coordinator Torre Anderson was also recognized at employee of the year.

Nichelle Washington, the company鈥檚 executive director of quality and compliance, led the team which organized the event.

鈥淪ome of you may not have been here for all 10 years of Employee Kickoffs, Mr. Burks wanted to do this to help kick off our next fiscal year and not only serve our consumers but also serve our communities,鈥 she said. 鈥淲e serve one another, and our community partners. We want to thank Mr. Burks for making this possible for us.鈥

新澳资料, Inc. is a regional behavioral health system in Central and West Central Indiana with corporate offices located in Terre Haute, Ind.  Services are provided to children, youth, and adults, with specialized programs for expectant mothers, infants, and people who may be struggling with stress, life changes, or relationship issues, as well as more serious problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, and serious mental illnesses.