Communicare holds grand opening

By Matt Lasley - [email protected]

The Leitchfield branch of Communicare hosted an open house on Wednesday, Oct. 12 to celebrate the grand opening of its new central location.

Now located at 805 Commerce Dr. in Leitchfield, Communicare made the move with the goal of being able to house all of its operations under one roof, according to Communicare Behavioral Health Officer Calvin Jackson.

Communicare officially moved to Commerce Drive on Aug. 1, but the building was purchased about five years ago, according to Communicare Office Manager Jennifer Maples.

As a non-profit organization, however, Communicare had to build up the funds over a number of years before being able to move into its new location.

Work began on the new Commerce Drive location last year, and the new facility offers more space for Communicare’s growing staff.

“It’s a beautiful building,” said Meredythe Lee, off-site therapist at Communicare. “I love it.”

Currently serving 847 clients, Communicare offers numerous services, including outpatient therapy, school-based therapy, assistance with the Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), substance abuse therapy, case management and impact services, and supported employment, among others.

Maples said Communicare employs eight full-time therapists, as well as a nurse practitioner, the latter of whom provides medication management for mental health.

Additionally, one of Communicare’s more recent offerings is its Youth Drop In Center (Youth Drop), which is a safe space open to any youth age 13 to 18 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays.

Youth Drop features a projector with a gaming console, Foosball table, air hockey table, laptops, and board games. Snacks and drinks are also available for purchase.

In order to attend the Youth Drop, a parent or guardian must sign Youth Drop paperwork. Additionally, with permission, students may ride the school bus to Youth Drop; however, parents must provide transportation home.

“We hope that, as we get more kids, we can open it more days a week,” said Steven Head, TCM supervisor at Communicare.

For more information about Communicare and the services it provides, call 270-259-4652.

By Matt Lasley

[email protected]

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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