Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

October 31, 2012

Pathways launches community outreach initiative

By Joe Lewis - Staff Writer
Journal-Times

Oct. 31, 2012 — City and county officials packed the Grayson Fire Department Wednesday for the first of several planned community outreach luncheons hosted by Pathways.

Pathways CEO Kimberly McClanahan shared her personal background in mental health and how she eventually made her way to the helm of the organization.

“Growing up, I found that mental health issues were closeted and nobody wanted to talk about them. It was all very stigmatized.”

She continued:

“All those factors came together for me and I found myself wanting to serve. I really felt drawn toward those who have the fewest resources and the greatest need – the behavioral health population.”

Several Pathways executives also gave presentations highlighting the facilities and mental health services offered in the 10 counties that the private, non-profit currently serves.

According to Greg Brown, intellectual and developmental disabilities coordinator, one of the most valuable, yet overlooked services available in Carter County is the Respite Center.

It is a facility specializing in providing temporary care for developmentally disabled individuals who require full-time assistance.

“Respite is probably the most pivotal service that we provide to families,” Brown said.

Located at 515 West Main Street in Grayson, the Respite Center functions as a short-term care solution for families who need to go out of town or attend certain functions that may not be a comfortable environment for their developmentally-challenged dependent.

Care can be arranged from anywhere between two hours to two weeks, according to Brown.

Individuals in Carter County with behavioral health needs have multiple care options available to them as well.

Interested individuals can call the Interstate Drive location at (606) 475-5151 or e-mail County Coordinator Amanda Bell at amanda.bell@pathways-ky.org for more information.

Joe Lewis can be reached at jlewis@journal-times.com or by telephone at 286-4201.