PRESTONSBURG – Mountain Comprehensive Care Center has been approved to open a new psychiatric residential treatment and crisis center. The facility will be the first of its kind in the region.
“When you have a child that requires psychiatric treatment beyond a few days or a week there are not many options unless you go toward Lexington. Traveling to Lexington is expensive and some parents may not have transportation. This facility has been needed for a long time in this area,” said Grace Thompson of Emma.
Unlike Creekside Crisis Stabilization Unit which is a residential facility designed for short-term treatment for children and adolescents, ages 5 to 17, at risk for psychiatric hospitalization, the new facility will treat youth that require a more intensive treatment and a longer stay.
“Children in our region will no longer need to be sent out of our region for treatment,” said Jacqueline Long, Director of Housing and Grants for MCCC.
MCCC applied for a Certificate of Need for the facility with the state of Kentucky was approved. A Certificate of Occupancy was recently obtained and plans are being made to begin housing individuals as soon as possible. The center will be located on Meff Road at StoneCrest.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for the Floyd County Times. She can be reached at 606-794-0290.