Brandywine Counseling and Community Services has opened a new center in Milford offering a variety of services including comprehensive substance abuse and mental health treatment for Kent and Sussex Counties.
Leading health care professionals from across the state were joined by dignitaries Thursday morning for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the new facility.
The Milford Treatment Center offers behavioral health treatment through an Outpatient Program and Opioid Treatment Program. Individual, group, and family counseling is available that focuses on substance abuse, mental health, co-occurring disorders, and relapse prevention.
Lynn Fahey, Ph.D, CEO of Brandywine Counseling, said in addition to the rehabilitation services, the new facility also features a Drop In Center to cater the homeless population.
"The Drop In Center is going to provide people a place to shower and get some clothes so they can be presentable for job interviews," she said. "We'll help them find work, as well as stable housing if they don't have it. So, from the different continuum and spectrum we can help different individuals."
Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long was instrumental in providing the assistance needed to open the facility. She said the center will provide much needed services to Kent and Sussex, two counties often under-served.
"Sussex County and Kent County are often under-served, particularly in the area of behavioral health, which means mental health services, counseling for persons perhaps with anxiety depression, bipolar disorder, not enough services," she said. "The big issue that we're facing in our state, and in particular Sussex and Kent, the addiction epidemic. In particular the opioid, heroin epidemic."
In addition to the facility, Brandywine Counseling has two vehicles that are now fully operational and will travel across Kent and Sussex to provide outreach and substance abuse prevention services.