“Historically, Fisher-Titus has never had a behavioral health clinic,” said Upender Gehlot, who will be running the facility along with three other medical personnel.
“There’s always a shortage of medical psychiatrists and the only place around here where someone could actually seek actual counseling was Firelands Counseling (& Recovery Services),” he said.
“So four years ago the hospital wanted to (start this project). It’s a fabulous opportunity for me. We’re starting something from scratch.”
The project is an important one for the community Gehlot said.
“There’s obviously a need, especially in this community,” he said.
“We have the seventh worst county as far as patient provided issues. So that means there’s always a huge need. Still not at par with surrounding communities. (We serve) patient who may not have clinical, biological conditions but may have interpersonal issues, trauma, need family/marital counseling, behavior management for kids anxiety of stress. We offer a whole gamut of services.”
The facility offers a services for a wide variety of subjects.
“(One of the) two areas of service we provide right now are medication management services,” Gehlot said. “This is for patients who need medication to address their needs. Then we also have psychotherapy or talk therapy.”
Gehlot said for this reason the facility and the field are always in need of more help.
“There’s always a further need to recruit providers aboard,” he said. “The hospital is serious about adding more providers. We’re working with the health department and within the school systems. We’re looking where the gaps exist now and where we can actually step in. It’s a continuing process.”
The behavioral health clinic sees patients from age 2 and up.