Crawford County Addiction Treatment Center suspends some services

Outpatient services still available

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PITTSBURG, Kan. – Several people needing help with addictions to opioids and other drugs will have to find another avenue of service.  The Crawford County Mental Health Center’s Addicition Treatment Center is suspending its services.

The executive administrator of the mental health center, Michael Ehling, says this is a difficult decision, but one that has to be made for the safety of the center’s 20 employees.  Ehling says the mental health center has not have a case of Covid-19.  This suspension of services is only being done for precaution.

This is a 24-bed facility, and accepts patients from across the State of Kansas.  Though there are other mental health facilities in Kansas, Ehling says there’s still a big need at his center for addiction help.

“It’s extremely disappointing,” says Ehling.  “It’s an option we took very seriously and wrestled with because it comes at the worse time.  Sky-rocketing use and misuse and abuse of drugs.  Currently, we have over 30 people on a wait list, even just now.  So it couldn’t come at a worse time.”

People can still call the Crawford County Mental Health Center if they need help, and be enrolled in programs like telemedicine.

“We have outpatient treatment they can access.  And often times, their referral sources coming from different areas of the state, they are already in outpatient services and certainly they can get 12-step programs and get support in other ways,” says Ehling.

Ehling says everyone should regularly check on friends and family members with addictions, especially during this challenging time.

You can call 620-231-5130 for more information for outpatient services.  Crisis mental health services are available 24-7 by calling the Save-line at 620-232-7283.