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Westbrook further expands services

March 4, 2011
By NATALEE SEELY nseely@newsandsentinel

PARKERSBURG - For more than 60 years, Westbrook Health Services has offered community-focused treatment, support and education to individuals with mental health, developmental, substance abuse and addiction challenges.

In 2010, Westbrook expanded its community support services, added an on-site pharmacy and moved its developmental disabilities facility to a new location on Emerson Avenue.

Westbrook served 7,700 people in 2010, and has an average active case load of around 2,600.

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For more than 60 years, Westbrook Health Services has offered community-focused treatment, support and education to individuals with mental health, developmental, substance abuse and addiction challenges.

"A lot of people might not realize the range of services we provide. I've heard people refer to Westbrook as 'the best kept secret in Wood County,'" said Liz Ford, marketing coordinator.

Established in 1949, the nonprofit corporation offers services ranging from crisis intervention and homeless services to day programs and women's services. It serves eight counties in West Virginia, in addition to Washington County in Ohio. The corporation's main offices are located at 2121 East Seventh St. in Parkersburg.

In 2010, Westbrook expanded its community services to include ACT (Assertive Community Treatment), a Medicaid program in which staff work with individuals in their homes and communities. There are currently 15 people in the program.

"Whether it's helping them get to a doctor appointment, picking up medication or even just going to the grocery store, the staff can help with these kind of things," said Suzanne Evans, program director. "The goal is to help people remain stable and active in the community and avoid hospitalization."

The Genesis Program for Women continued to be a success in 2010, officials said.

"The program is always filled. It's a six- to nine-month program that takes women from all over the state who are dealing with substance abuse," said Karen Schimmel, substance abuse outpatient program director. "We provide a lot of treatment in the home, as well as education on things like budgeting, life skills, cooking, housekeeping and transportation."

Other big changes in 2010 include the relocation of Westbrook's developmental disabilities facility to a new location on Emerson Avenue, making more space available at its Seventh Street location for new programs.

QOL Meds, an on-site pharmacy, opened in the lobby in January, providing convenient access to prescription medicines for both staff and patients. Grant funds from the McDonough Foundation also allowed the installation of new windows and a front door security system.

Looking ahead, Westbrook employees hope to recruit more qualified staff members and work in conjunction with local schools to provide more programs for children.

 
 
 

 

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