ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — Leaders of the Community Counseling Center are hoping families with children in potential need of psychiatric services will reach out as the coronavirus pandemic rages on into 2021, said CCC Executive Director Paul Bolino.
“There is a real expectation,” Bolino said of the potential for growing needs as children start back to school after long periods of isolation and on-line learning. He said the CCC has been open throughout the pandemic, but many school contacts are not able to read the potential signs for problems they would normally see during an in-person learning situation.
Bolino said caring teachers and administrators often read signals for problems that may need to be addressed. He said the addition of Eileen Zehe to the staff in March opens up doors to help children and adolescents in this time of disruption of day-to-day lives.
Zehe is a registered nurse practitioner that is able to provide medication management services to children and adolescents, Bolino said. He said there are few people in the area licensed for such work.
Bolino said Zehe is presently providing service through video conferencing and telephonic communication due to the pandemic. He said the counseling agency will stay online into 2021 until it is safe for patients and staff to meet face-to-face.
“Eileen has served in a variety of roles with progressive responsibilities across her nursing career and brings a wealth of healthcare experience to CCC.
CCC is a non-profit behavioral health provider focused on engaging the community in recovery, Bolino said of the organization that provides mental health and substance abuse disorder treatment in Ashtabula County.
Bolino said the organization has 110 employees at its offices in Ashtabula Township and Conneaut and is opening a new facility in Geneva. He said the organization is working on a plan to open the Geneva operation amidst COVID-19 protocols.