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Mar 04, 2014
Photo by: Megan Cooper Kristin Helm, Hillcrest Family Services southeast region division director

By MEGAN COOPER

Mt. Pleasant News

Hillcrest Family Services has finally opened its doors in Mt. Pleasant, providing the community with a much-needed mental health service.

The mental health agency opened Wednesday, Feb. 19, and has already booked appointments.

“We are so excited to become a part of the community and to work with other providers to be of service to the unique needs in the community,” said division director for the southeast region Kristin Helm. “We know there is a need here and we are so happy to help.”

Hillcrest offers a wide range of mental health services, which include the following: community health services, individual, marriage, family, couples, kids, adults and medication needs.

“We offer help for life stressors and even offer in-home services,” said Helm. “We do offer immediate support and crisis services, we have a walk-in option and we offer community education.”

According to Helm, the reason why Hillcrest is here now is because about a year-and-a-half ago, Henry County Central Point of Coordination (CPC) Sarah Berndt approached them (Hillcrest).

“She came to us and told us there was a lack of providers in Henry County,” explained Helm. “We were interested at the time in expanding and we were seeing Henry County clients in Washington. It made sense, and it was a good fit, and we had the space to expand.”

According to Hillcrest’s website, the vision for Hillcrest, according to Helm, is that children, families and adults will be safe and healthy and will gain a greater control of their lives.

“We are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and we have availability now for services,” said Helm. “We are providing something that is needed for those who need it.”

The mission statement of Hillcrest Family Services is that it enhances the lives of children, families and adults in need by teaching skills and providing information and resources. Hillcrest becomes and advocate on clients behalf and works collaboratively with local communities to provide a range of quality and innovative services. It shares a historical relationship with service to others with the United Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church.

“Hillcrest actually began in 1896,” said Helm. “So we’ve been around a long time. We are just thrilled to be expanding.”

Hillcrest has on staff an outpatient mental health LMSW, a nurse practitioner with a psyche specialty, a registered nurse, and will be expanding the staff as the need arises.

“We are not-for-profit agency and we accept most major insurances and Magellan. If someone can’t afford the services, we do provide a sliding scale. We have many different options to help service those in need,” explained Helm. “We just want to be of service to the community.”

Hillcrest Family Services is located at 101 N. Jackson St. in Mt. Pleasant.

“Again, we are really excited to be here and we are ready to help those in need in this community,” finished Helm.

 

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