Sep 9, 2012

County agencies merge; continue to serve area residents

GREENVILLE—Lyn McArdle has been named Executive Director for both Darke County Recovery Services (DCRS) and Darke County Mental Health Clinic, d.b.a. The Mental Health Clinic, Serving Darke and Miami Counties (TMHC).

The Board of Directors of both agencies agreed to pursue a merger of the two entities with a goal of completion by the end of the 2012 calendar year. A management agreement was implemented on July 10.

This agreement incorporates the administration of all clinical services and organizational finances in Darke and Miami Counties.

The Mental Health Clinic has provided mental health services to Darke County residents since 1972, including psychiatric services, therapy, and community based CPST (Community Psychiatric Support Treatment) services (case management). The agency may be contacted at 548-1635. Darke County Recovery Services, 548-6842, has provided substance abuse treatment and prevention in Darke County since 1974. These agencies have historically worked together to provide quality care to individuals and families with common problems. The past relationships make this partnership an ideal match. This new venture provides increased benefits for clients including case of access to mental health care and substance abuse treatment, multiple service options and improved financial health for the agencies.

Both agencies recently expanded their services to include neighboring counties. In 2001 Darke County Recovery Services began providing care in Preble County at the Marie Dwyer Recovery Center. The Mental Health Clinic expanded to include Miami County in 2010. Darke County Recovery Services and The Mental Health Clinic remain dedicated to serving Darke and Miami Counties in the most effective and efficient way possible, with quality services in a friendly environment. The agencies will use this opportunity to improve their service delivery system and better meet the needs of the clients they serve.

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