Valerie Liebert, M.A., PCC-S, program manager of the partial hospitalization program at Defiance Regional Hospital, will be the speaker at the Tuesday, November 1 meeting of NAMI Four County.
The meeting, which is open to the public, starts at 7 p.m. at the Four County ADAMhs Board office, T-761 State Route 66 south of Archbold.
The partial hospitalization program at Defiance Regional Hospital is operated by Harbor Behavioral Health, a ProMedica affiliate. It is an intensive, structured, goal-oriented treatment that uses a variety of mental health treatment interventions to address each participant’s needs.
Liebert will explain some of the treatments and activities that the partial hospitalization program uses to improve patient symptoms and explain how those treatments are integrated with the patient’s on-going mental health services.
Participants in the program spend about six hours a day at the hospital and return home every evening. Typically, the program lasts for five to 10 days, depending on the patient’s needs.
NAMI Four County is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest mental health advocacy group. It is comprised largely of family members and friends who have a loved one with a diagnosed or undiagnosed mental illness; however, persons with a mental illness are also welcome to join.
The group meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month to hear a 45 to 60 minute educational program on a mental health-related topic. NAMI also offers free public mental health education classes, trainings and support groups.
For more information on NAMI Four County, its meetings, classes, support groups, local service providers and more, please visit its website at www.namifourcounty.org