MT. VERNON — —
A new name, new management and new vision are the ingredients that officials of Jefferson County Comprehensive Services — now known as Comprehensive Connections — are counting on to make a new connection with the community.
"We've not changed our corporate identity, but we've changed and registered with the Secretary of State that we're going call ourselves Comprehensive Connections connecting to the community," explained Executive Director Dan Boehmer. "The whole purpose of that is to get our image our there, to let people know we're not just a Medicaid clinic, but we're here for everybody in the community. We have licensed clinicians and accredited by a national organization. We have as good as counseling and resource treatment programs as you're going to find anywhere."
Boehmer said because of individuals who have retired or moved elsewhere, the entire management team, save for Boehmer, is new.
"With that comes some new modernization, some new enthusiasm, and the new vision has the idea of connecting people with the internal and external resources needed to be the best they can be," he said.
In addition to mental health services, the agency provides substance abuse treatment, and rehabilitation programs and is an integral part of the meals program for seniors in a cooperative effort with the Sunshine Center.
"The last four years we've received massive cuts in our state grant fund budgets. The state has switched from grants where you have funds available to serve the people that have no financial means to a fee for service system where you bill the state as if people have insurance," explained Boehmer. "The only problem is in the mental health arena the benefits that are covered only includes crisis intervention and a couple of hours of case management where you can help somebody not on Public Aid. So when it comes to providing treatment for indigent individuals there is no money. That really affected a lot of the folks that came to us for mental health services because they don't quality for Public Aid, and they don't have insurance. If it wasn't for the local support of donations we would be in deep trouble."