Community Counseling Solutions receives rural health award

Community Counseling Solutions Executive Director Kimberly Lindsay stands on a hill above Heppner, which is home to the headquarters of the mental health provider that services Grant, Morrow, Wheeler Gilliam and Lake counties in Eastern Oregon. Community Counseling Solutions received the Rural Health Hero of the Year award from the Oregon Office of Rural Health.

Community Counseling Solutions, a mental health provider servicing Grant County and Eastern Oregon, recently received the Rural Health Hero of the Year award.

The award is given to a person, organization or program that greatly improved the quality and availability of health care in rural Oregon. The award was presented to CCS at the 33rd annual Oregon Rural Health Conference, held Sept. 28-30 in Portland.

“There are many hard working, dedicated people out there who have made a major impact on health care in rural Oregon,” Scott Ekblad, director of the Oregon Office of Rural Health said.

CCS provides services in Morrow, Gilliam, Wheeler, Grant and Lake counties. Its services include individual, family and group therapy, such as gambling counseling, alcohol and drug treatment, 24-hour crisis intervention, psychiatric consultations and medication management. In addition, it offers case management for individuals with developmental disabilities.

The agency’s list of facilities and services include Juniper Ridge Acute Care Facility in John Day, Lakeview Heights in Heppner and mental health, alcohol and drug and developmental disability services in Heppner, Condon, Arlington, Fossil, John Day and Boardman. Additional services include rental assistance, senior companion and foster grandparent programs and a phone line for those struggling with mental health issues.

Kimberly Lindsay is the organization’s executive director and oversees a huge swath of rural Eastern Oregon’s mental health care. By statute, each county must hire a mental health director, a developmental disability manager and provide certain mental health services, usually by contracting a provider like CCS. Most directors oversee only one county.

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