Community leaders gathered at Warren County ESC on October 17th to continue learning about mental health issues and solutions. Dr. Kathie MacNeil and Dr. George Sehi organized a “Morning Mental Health Moment” that featured a panel discussion from different perspectives. The panelists included Lebanon City Manager Scott Brunka, Lebanon City Police Chief Jeff Mitchell, Lebanon City Schools Superintendent, Todd Yohey and State Representative Scott Lipps. We were very fortunate to have the expertise and involvement of Dr. Paul Keck, M.D., CEO Lindner Center of HOPE. Dr. Keck and The Linder Center are widely recognized for their expertise and leadership in the mental health arena.
State Senator Steve Wilson greeted the audience and extended his support for the community’s efforts to reduce the stigma of mental health. Senator Wilson commended the panelists for their important work and offered his assistance with the General Assembly.
Warren County ESC Superintendent Tom Isaacs noted that Warren County school districts have been working collaboratively for years to address the serious issues children bring to school. Partnerships between school districts, the County Commissioners, Juvenile Court, DD, MHRB, Children’s Services, and FCFC have been ongoing for many years, resulting in social workers, mental health therapists, and extensive opportunities for professional development.