UNISON BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
President Carl James called on Chris Gonzales, Chair Person, to introduce Allie Dixon, Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator, Unison Behavioral Health, a provider of a wide range of community-based services for individuals of all ages who struggle with difficulties at work, home, or at school. The organization began as the Community Service Board in 1971 and has evolved to the present agency providing services for over 5100 clients in 8 counties. Faye Mathis and Carlos Nelson served on the board as representatives for Ware County. Services are available for adults and youth with emotional problems, psychiatric emergencies, or mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression. Developmental Disability Services include residential programs, community access group programs, pre-vocational training, job coaching, and placement. A sampling of services listed is 24/7 Crisis Stabilization Unit, Medical Detox Program, Outpatient Counseling, Accountability (Drug) Court Services, and ROOTS Clubhouse after school and Summer Youth Services. It operates with 300 active employees and fifty staff vacancies. The current pandemic is not only a public health crisis but a mental health crisis also. The overwhelming need for services in a time of staff shortages is a complex challenge.
September is designated as “Suicide Prevention Month”. Unison and others are promoting activities and information on looking for warning signs and confronting struggling persons with the question,” are you thinking about killing yourself?
I want to help you. Promise me you will get help or treatment first”. Thank you for your helpful presence in our community!
President Carl James called on Chris Gonzales, Chair Person, to introduce Heather Gonzales, Community Liaison for GHC Hospice, a 501© (3) organization that fulfills last wishes for patients. It was started in 2016 and is funded by donations, grants, and fund-raised dollars that go back to the patients to focus on helping them and their families have a better quality of life. GHC strives to create an environment where patients and families can continue to make memories together.
GHC Hospice brings a superior reputation which is substantiated through Federal survey scores and patient frequencies that are higher than both state and national levels. Wherever a patient calls home is where hospice care can be provided and that involves a team-oriented approach to expert medical care, pain management, and emotional and spiritual support. Donations are a good way to join the team and honor a loved one’s memory or express condolences to a family. Another way to join the team is to be a Volunteer, sharing your time, abilities, and talents with the patients and families. There are many ways to volunteer from Pet Therapy to the many support activities and on to Music Therapy. Hospice care begins when the patient’s medical goal changes from curative care to comfort care. It is about making sure the quality of life is enhanced for the time that is left. GHC Hospice is about comfort, compassion, and support for the patient, family, and caregivers. Happy anniversary Heather and Chris!