Faith-based counseling for those with mental health and addiction challenges
Written by BILL RYAN, Sentinel Staff Writer
Monday, 13 January 2014 10:34
PERRYSBURG - A faith-based facility is finding great success at its Perrysburg site.
|Nancy Bowman of A Renewed Mind in Perrysburg. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
A Renewed Mind (A.R.M.) recently held an open house to showcase its new location at 1090 W. South Boundary, Suite 600 in Perrysburg.
They provide counseling and other services for people who face mental health and addiction challenges.
According to Matt Rizzo, vice president of clinical operations, the 501c non-profit organization began originally at St. James Holiness Church on Nebraska Avenue in Toledo.
From that church they have expanded to their own facility in Toledo, a satellite site in Findlay, along with the Perrysburg location. They continue to be a faith-based organization
"Faith is very important to the history and culture of our organization, as well as to our providing community-based services," Rizzo said.
The A.R.M. organization originally opened a Perrysburg site in August of 2011. The new larger site followed this August.
"We've been at the site in Perrysburg as of the first of August. When we began, it was a one-man band, that was me," said Nancy Bowman, who heads the Perrysburg service area.
As their clients and services have grown Bowman says they have hired both a therapist and a receptionist for Perrysburg. "We've been adding services as we go along."
Both Rizzo and Bowman noted the growing list of services being provided, including case management for those with mental health conditions; medical treatment for those with an opiate addiction. Their doctors are trained addiction specialists. There is also a specialty child therapist available. There are also counseling services for individuals and families including children. They provide addiction treatment for individuals, families and treatment groups. The medical drug treatment can be used by those addicted to both opiates, including prescription drugs.
The organization also operates a separate adolescent boys residential unit in Lucas County.
"We're really growing," Bowman said. "We're really excited about the in-home based service with case management."
They recently held an open house for their facility located at 1090 W. South Boundary, Suite 600, in Perrysburg.
Rizzo noted the growing need for Wood County residents, and also nearby referrals for residents in the Anthony Wayne, Maumee and Rossford school districts which the Perrysburg site also serves.
Bowman noting the collaboration with the schools shared, "We have someone who goes out into the schools and assists them.
"The site is nice location to serve as a hub for the area. The need is growing in mental health and addiction issues," Rizzo said. "At that site we provide psychiatric, and medical services for individuals and families."
Rizzo says the facility accepts Medicaid, Medicare and five private insurance panels as well as self pay clients.
The latest addition to the services being provided is expected to be offered on Jan. 20. At that point, they will ad a C-corp area to compliment the non-profit counseling, case management, mental health, substance abuse and medical-assisted treatment programs.
"We are launching a new line of business that compliments A.R.M. Treatment Services with A.R.M. Occupational Support Services.
The new subsidiary will operate as a for-profit arm of A.R.M. It will provide pre-employment drug and alcohol testing. The new business side will also provide fingerprinting and background checks. It is set to debut on Jan. 20.
Both Rizzo and Bowman noted their services can be provided in the office setting, but as Rizzo phrased it, "We like to be in the homes and at the kitchen table working with families."
He also noted programs they are currently working in cooperation with legislators to address the seriousness of opiate addiction.
For more information, A Renewed Mind can be reached at 419-873-8280.