PRESTONSBURG – Based in Prestonsburg, Mountain Comprehensive Care Center is one of region’s premier behavioral healthcare facilities. May marks the 50th anniversary of Mountain Comprehensive Care providing top care for the people of the region. From its humble beginnings in 1966, Mountain Comprehensive Care Center has grown to become the largest employer in Floyd County.
Mountain Comprehensive Care offers many programs including the Adult Crisis Stabilization Unit, Adult Day Training, Adult Mental Health Service, Children Mental Health Service, The Healing Program, Michelle P. Waiver Program, Substance Abuse Services, and Therapeutic Foster Care. The organization once operated within a five-county region which included Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin and Pike counties. Due to increasing demands, services have been needed and recently offered in Morehead, Louisa, Russell and Madisonville.
New and exciting growth is taking place at Mountain Comprehensive Care. Under the guidance of CEO Monts Bishnoi, the organization has grown from approximately 275 employees and operating on a 15-million-dollar budget when he began his career with Mountain Comp. in 1988 to currently employing over 700 employees and operating on a 50-million-dollar budget.
“We are proud of the new services we are able to offer,” said Bishnoi. “Our employees work hard and are dedicated to providing the best care possible to the clients they serve. Our employees have the best training and it is our mission to create a place of service in Eastern Kentucky so our clients will no longer have to go to Lexington or Louisville to receive more intensive treatment. We have the facilities available in Eastern Kentucky to accommodate some long term care treatments.”
The Mountain Center for Recovery is a new substance abuse inpatient treatment center offering services for both male and female. The facility is located at the new StoneCrest facility and will offer short term and long term substance abuse treatment. The Serenity House, located in Inez, is also an inpatient substance abuse treatment center. The facility is designed specifically for pregnant females addicted to Opiates. Capable of housing eight females, Serenity House is only one of three treatment centers in the state treating pregnant clients.
“A grant program we are excited about is a Fatherhood Initiative Grant,” said Christy Hicks, Program Director. “The grant program is one of only five in the nation and is for a total of five million dollars for five years.”
The Fatherhood Initiative focuses on providing fathers with the resources to be good parents and good citizens. The program will start with individuals incarcerated and will provide counseling for the individuals as well as a spouse and children. The program enables fathers to get ready to reenter society after being incarcerated. In addition to the counseling services, case managers will also assist clients with job searches when they reenter society. This program is set to begin July 1.
Another program recently being awarded top honors for its services is the Healing Place Sexual Assault Shelter. The shelter is available to women who have been sexually assaulted and need a safe shelter. In Appalachia, many women who experience sexual assault live in the same house, or same area as their abuser. The Healing Place offers them a safe environment to get their life in control and offers counseling and other services needed through case manager assistance. The Healing Place was recently awarded the Sexual Assault Awareness Month Innovative Program Award. The award highlights the exceptional contributions made in the anti-rape movement in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
For more information on Mountain Comprehensive Care, visit www.mtcomp.org.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.