Mental health, behavioral clinic opening

A new mental health and behavioral clinic will open later this month on the west side of Columbus.

After operating 16 years in Bloomington, Milestones Clinical and Health Resources will begin providing services July 27 in an office complex near the Westhill Shopping Center.

The nonprofit outpatient clinic at 4550 Jonathan Moore Pike will provide psychiatric and therapy services to children and adolescents as well as those with intellectual disabilities experiencing mental health issues, according to a press release.

Milestones also will provide specific Medicaid services including behavior support, skills development and wellness coordination, the release stated.

Founded in 2000, Milestones has grown to serve more than 3,000 children, adults, adolescents and families annually through a variety of traditional and innovative services, the release stated.

If a person with disabilities needs specialized or intensive services, they often have to go outside Bartholomew County because it’s hard to find local experts in certain fields, said Kay Boas, director of community-based service for Developmental Services, Inc.

DSI, located at 2920 10th St., helps individuals with special challenges reach their greatest level of independence at home, work and in the community.

While Milestones has limited exposure in Bartholomew County, the organization is a division of Stone Belt Arc Inc., which has been providing services for the disabled in Columbus for several years.

Founded in 1958, Stone Belt has now grown to include residential programs, employment resources, life skills and vocational training, a professional art studio and clinical services.

The organization’s mission is to enable individuals with disabilities to live self-directed lives of significance and meaning.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.