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Thank you for visiting Southeast online today. In this public relations section of the website, you can learn more about and find the following information:

  • Information about mental health, chemical dependency and prevention for the General Public
  • Press Inquiries & Materials for the Media
  • Awards, Recognitions and Commendations
  • Giving to Southeast through Donations
  • How to Collaborate with Southeast, Inc.
  • How to be an Advocate

If you have any questions, a request for materials, or need answers to anything not found on this website, please call (614) 225-0980 or email info@southeastinc.com.

Public Affairs Contact:

Myken Pullins, Executive Assistant & Public Affairs Coordinator

16 West Long Street

Columbus, Ohio 43215

(614)225-0980 ext. 1206 — voice

(614)225-0986 — fax

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News/Press Releases:

Southeast Healthcare Services Now Serving Adults in Delaware and Morrow Counties in Ohio

April 17, 2017, Delaware and Morrow Counties, Ohio (43015 & 43338) – Southeast, Inc., (DBA Southeast Healthcare Services) a non–profit comprehensive mental health, chemical dependency, vocational, physical healthcare, and homeless services organization, is proud to announce that it is expanding services for adults with mental health needs and co-occurring substance use disorders in Delaware and Morrow Counties, Ohio.

Services include behavioral health assessments, individual and group counseling, community- based case management, peer support, psychiatric services, vocational services, benefits counseling, criminal justice inreach and relinkage from corrections to the community, and daytime crisis intervention. Southeast has a history of providing innovative services, responsiveness to community needs and has a strong focus on evidence-based practices in support of consumers and their recovery.

Southeast is a contract agency of the Delaware-Morrow Mental Health & Recovery Services Board and applies a sliding fee schedule, based on income, to make services affordable for people with no insurance. We accept Medicaid and Medicare and most health insurance plans.

Chief Executive Officer Bill Lee said “Southeast is proud to work with the Delaware-Morrow Mental Health & Recovery Services Board and its provider network and to have the opportunity to add behavioral health services to our existing vocational services for people living in Delaware and Morrow counties. We are mission driven and committed to recovery opportunities for all people living with mental health issues and substance use disorders. We look forward to a continuing collaboration with the Board and network providers as well as new collaborative relationships with the criminal justice system and other human services organizations.” The Southeast Delaware offices are in the Delaware Commerce Park, 824 Bowtown Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015, phone (740) 695-7795 and the Southeast Morrow County office address is The Meadow Center, 950 Meadow Drive Suite A, Mt. Gilead, Ohio 43338, (419) 949-2000.

For more information contact: Myken Pullins, Southeast Executive Assistant & Public Affairs Coordinator at 614.225.0980 or pullinsm@southeastinc.com.

Established in 1978, Southeast provides behavioral health and other services in eight Ohio Counties. Southeast’s mission is to serve diverse populations regardless of their economic status. With the belief that all people have the capacity to grow and change, Southeast provides services to people of all ages, cultures, races, religious preferences, genders and sexual orientations in order to enhance wellness and recovery, thereby improving families, workplaces and communities. Southeast, Inc. is accredited by The Joint Commission and certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, Southeast is funded in part by the Delaware-Morrow Mental Health & Recovery Services Board; the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Belmont, Harrison, and Monroe Counties, ADAMH Board of Franklin County; the Community Shelter Board and its funders; the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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Southeast Career Fair 2017

Southeast Healthcare Services is expanding services and opportunities in Franklin and Delaware Counties! To meet the growing needs of the expansion, Southeast will be holding a Career Fair on Monday February 20th. For more information, please download the Career Fair flyer.

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Southeast’s Fresh A.I.R. Gallery Art of Recovery 2016 Recovery Awardee

Columbus, Ohio, September 16, 2016 — Southeast, Inc.’s 15th annual Art of Recovery 2016 benefiting Fresh A.I.R. Gallery (Artists in Recovery), will once again be held at the exquisite Hilton Columbus Downtown, Columbus’ Art Hotel on Friday, November 11, 2016 from 5:30 – 10:00 p.m.

We are proud to announce our annual Recovery Award to David A. Royer, CEO of the ADAMH Board of Franklin County. David Royer is a 36-year veteran in the field of behavioral health care. Royer's professional career has been built on caring for people in Ohio's evolving system of publicly funded substance abuse and mental health care. Royer joined ADAMH, the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County as the Chief Executive Officer in May 2000. He has served as a board director for over 26 years.

Royer has an MS Degree in Health Services from Central Michigan University and a BA in Social Work from Wright State University. Royer serves as a Community Lecturer with The Ohio State University in the College of Social Work. Royer currently serves as the President of the Ohio Association of Urban Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Boards.

The ADAMH Board funds, evaluates and plans the necessary mental health and alcohol and drug treatment service in our community then purchases care from community experts.

Over 700 guests are expected to attend and the event will feature original artwork from over 100 artists locally (and nationally), and will include an exciting live painting demonstration and musical entertainment.

Tickets for the Art of Recovery are $75 each or 2 for $125.00. Visit www.artofrecoverycolumbus.com for more information or to purchase tickets.

Southeast’s Fresh A.I.R. (Artists in Recovery) Gallery met a milestone in 2014 by celebrating 10 years as a self-sustaining nonprofit art gallery. Our mission is through art, we educate the community and work to break down the stigma of mental illness and/or substance use disorders by bringing focus to the artistic vision. Since opening our gallery doors in September 2004, Fresh A.I.R. Gallery has shown 60 exhibitions, displaying the artwork of over 200 artists, sold more than 250 pieces of artwork totaling over $60,000. Fresh A.I.R. Gallery does not accept any commission for art sold through the gallery and all proceeds from sold work go directly to the artists to help them establish their careers. Many exhibits demonstrate the courage and struggles of the artists as they combat stigma and address social issues.

 

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Southeast, Inc. & Franklin County Public Health Partner for Free Naloxone Distribution Kits to Combat Opioid Overdose

Columbus, Ohio, July 14, 2016 — Franklin County Public Health (FCPH) and Southeast Integrated Healthcare Services (Southeast, Inc.), a comprehensive provider of behavioral and physical healthcare services, have partnered to offer free naloxone nasal spray kits. Naloxone (also known as Narcan) is a life-saving drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose when administered in time. These efforts are part of a community wide effort to increase access to Naloxone for counties with high heroin and fentanyl-related deaths.

Individuals who are at risk of opioid overdose and those who know someone who is at risk for opioid overdose are eligible to receive Naloxone. At-risk individuals include those who are using opioids or recovering from opioid addiction.

This partnership is in response to the heroin epidemic in Ohio. Opioid overdoses kill an average of seven Ohioans every day. The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OHMAS) awarded Franklin County Public Health $11,455 in grant funds which was used to purchase158 Naloxone nasal spray kits to distribute to Southeast Integrated Health Care. “It’s important for us to make these potentially life-saving resources readily available to the public,” said Shaddy Swade, Franklin County Public Health Emergency Preparedness Supervisor. “By partnering with Southeast Integrated Health Care, we know these kits are given to those in need and the follow-up care provided can help break the cycle of addiction.”

Earlier this year, to help further combat the heroin epidemic Franklin County Public Health utilized separate grant funds from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services to distribute Naloxone to eight law enforcement and seven emergency medical services agencies in Franklin County.

For more information please contact Southeast, Inc. Our Southeast clinical pharmacist will meet with you to show you how to recognize overdose, reduce the risk of overdose, how to use the overdose kit, and then will provide with your own kit. Call 614.225.0990 ext. 1119 to schedule with Michelle Maguire for a “Narcan kit”. Expect your training appointment to last about 20-30 minutes. This program is open to Southeast clients and non-Southeast clients.

Effective treatment of substance use disorders can reduce the risk of overdose and help overdose survivors attain a healthier life. Medication-assisted treatment, mental health, counseling and primary health care services are offered by Southeast, Inc. Referrals to treatment will be available during naloxone training appointments as appropriate.

Southeast, Inc.’s mission is to serve as a comprehensive provider of mental health, chemical dependency, healthcare, and homeless services, assisting diverse populations regardless of their economic status. Southeast’s services enhance wellness and recovery, thereby improving families, workplaces, and communities. Southeast is accredited by The Joint Commission and is funded, in part, by the ADAMH Board of Franklin County, the Community Shelter Board and its funders, and the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Belmont, Harrison, and Monroe Counties.

 

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Celebrating 10 years and launching the next decade: Fresh A.I.R. Gallery will host an Anniversary Exhibition April 29 - July 17, 2015

The anniversary exhibition will present new work by artists who have previously exhibited at Fresh A.I.R. Gallery.  Join us for the opening reception Wednesday, April 29, 2015 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm. The reception will also feature live music from Twin Valley Behavioral Health's band Trial & Error.

In conjunction with our Anniversary Exhibition, Fresh A.I.R. Gallery will host a series of performing artists and artists' talks addressing important current cultural issues. Stay tuned for more details.

Fresh A.I.R. Gallery met a milestone in 2014 by celebrating 10 years as a self-sustaining nonprofit art gallery with a mission to exhibit the works of individuals affected by mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Our mission is through art, we educate the community and work to break down the stigma of mental illness and/or substance use disorders by bringing focus to the artistic vision. Since opening our gallery doors in September 2004, Fresh A.I.R. Gallery has shown 60 exhibitions, displaying the artwork of over 200 artists and sold more than 250 pieces of artwork totaling over $60,000. Fresh A.I.R. Gallery does not accept any commission for art sold through the gallery. All proceeds from sold work go directly to the artists to help them establish their careers. Many exhibits demonstrate the courage and struggles of the artists as they combat stigma and address social issues.

Gallery Manager, Kimberly M. Webb affirms that "Fresh A.I.R. Gallery is a remarkable project fully dedicated to supporting and recognizing artists on many levels. The support for artists exists both in the physical gallery space and the community support. I have witnessed many life transformations since I began managing the gallery in April of 2007, including my own. My experiences at Fresh A.I.R. Gallery have taught me a great deal about the necessity of providing support to others and has expanded my ways of thinking about cultural conformities and socially accepted behaviors. There are countless levels of being. Just as creativity should never be confined, it's important to be open to alternative ways of being and seeing. Adversely, so much stigma still exists in our culture. Those who are not seeing the greatness of others make their worlds smaller, less visible, and restrict individual, communal, and cultural advancement. Attention is the greatest gift that can be both given and received. Fresh A.I.R. Gallery provides a unique supportive space that invites these imperative considerations."

 

In 2014 Vital Companies produced a video about Fresh A.I.R. Gallery:
http://youtu.be/Vcn-SnOmYHk

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Southeast Program Featured on WBNS 10TV

Southeast’s Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program at Southeast was featured on WBNS 10TV.

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For more information on the MAT Program or to schedule a screening please call the MAT program at 614.225.0990. Click here for more information on the MAT Program.

 

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Southeast Integrated Healthcare Center at Franklin Station — Open for Business January 20, 2015

The Franklin County ADAMH Board selected Southeast, Inc., as the provider of Integrated Healthcare Services at the new Franklin Station located in Franklinton at 524 B West Broad Street in Columbus Ohio 43215. Franklin Station is a Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority location with 100 new apartment units and attractive office space on Broad Street that will house the Integrated Healthcare Program.

Southeast’s Franklin Station Integrated Healthcare program is designed to improve the physical health and mental wellness of Franklinton residents who experience mental illness and / or substance abuse. This includes people who are homeless and formerly homeless, and those who lack access to care at the present time. Southeast will provide integrated primary and behavioral health care at this site. Grant funding from the ADAMH Board of Franklin County will be used to offset space costs and equipment costs at the new location. In addition, the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation and The Columbus Foundation granted funds for capital improvement to be used for construction of the clinic space at Franklin Station

Southeast will provide the following services, using an integrated model including psychiatry for mental health and substance abuse services, physical health care for all ages, individual and group counseling for mental health and substance abuse, CPST / Case Management Services and vocational services. Franklin Station will be open to the public for services starting on January 20, 2014. To schedule an appointment for healthcare services call 614-225-0990. The hours vary so please call for hours and more information.

Southeast, Inc. is a comprehensive mental health, chemical dependency, physical healthcare and homeless services organization that has been serving Columbus and Franklin County since 1978. Southeast, Inc.’s mission is to serve diverse populations regardless of their economic status. With the belief that all people have the capacity to grow and change, Southeast provides services to people of all ages, cultures, races, religious preferences, genders and sexual orientations in order to enhance wellness and recovery, thereby improving families, workplaces and communities. Southeast, Inc. serves people who are most in need and require different levels of intensity of services. Southeast, Inc. is also accredited by the Joint Commission and is partially funded by the ADAMH Board of Franklin County, the Community Shelter Board and its funders, and the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Belmont, Harrison, and Monroe Counties.

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Southeast, Inc., acquires Center of Vocational Alternatives (COVA), benefits services of Clintonville provider

Southeast Inc., a Columbus-based provider of behavioral and physical healthcare services, has expanded its vocational and benefits service offerings with the acquisition of the Center of Vocational Alternatives (COVA).

Based in Clintonville, COVA specializes in providing employment and job readiness services for people with mental illness and other social and emotional barriers. COVA’s employment services are currently available to residents in Franklin, Delaware and Morrow counties. Its benefits consulting practice operates statewide.

“We believe vocational and benefits services are critical in the recovery journey of our consumers. Bringing on board the experienced professional staff of COVA allows us to expand and offer a significant array of vocational services that enhance our existing vocational program, Project Work” said Bill Lee, CEO of Southeast, Inc.

COVA’s facility in Clintonville will remain the hub for the vocational offerings, as will COVA’s Delaware location. The offices will retain the COVA name to help facilitate the transition for consumers and referring agencies.

The two organizations began discussing an affiliation beginning in late summer, 2013. Services provided by COVA, founded in 1982, have largely been funded through state and county sources. With national and state Medicaid expansion, merging COVA’s services into Southeast’s extensive federally supported programs assured COVA’s mission of, supporting the community to overcome mental, emotional and other challenges by focusing on employment and economic stability, would continue.

In addition to its vocational services, COVA has been a long-time provider of life skills training and career development services for Columbus City School students with emotional issues and for youth dealing with mental illness, homelessness or aging out of the child welfare system.

COVA has been serving about 2,500 community residents and more than 100 employers each year. 42 COVA employees transitioned to the Southeast staff as of June 30.

“For over 30 years, COVA has been helping our friends and neighbors with mental health challenges to obtain and maintain employment. By joining the Southeast team, COVA will be able to enhance its employment and vocational rehabilitation services with the outstanding behavioral and medical healthcare delivered by Southeast” states former COVA Board Chair Mark Freeman.

Southeast, Inc. is a comprehensive mental health, chemical dependency, physical healthcare and homeless services organization that has been serving Columbus and Franklin County since 1978. Southeast, Inc.’s mission is to serve diverse populations regardless of their economic status. With the belief that all people have the capacity to grow and change, Southeast provides services to people of all ages, cultures, races, religious preferences, genders and sexual orientations in order to enhance wellness and recovery, thereby improving families, workplaces and communities. Southeast, Inc. serves people who are most in need and require different levels of intensity of services. Southeast, Inc. accredited by The Joint Commission and is partially funded by the ADAMH Board of Franklin County, the Community Shelter Board and its funders, and the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Belmont, Harrison, and Monroe Counties.

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Fresh A.I.R. Gallery Receives National Award

Columbus, Ohio — Fresh A.I.R. Gallery was honored with a prestigious Reintegration Award from the National Council for their outstanding efforts to improve the lives of individuals with serious mental illnesses during the 42nd National Council Mental Health and Addictions Conference, April 15-17, in Chicago. The awards also celebrate the achievements of people living with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder who have overcome a multitude of obstacles to improve their lives and the lives of their peers.

An independent panel of mental health leaders chose Fresh A.I.R. Gallery, a program of Southeast, Inc., for the first place Advocacy Award. In addition to the award, a donation, supported by Eli Lilly and Company, for $10,000 was given to the Fresh A.I.R. Gallery.

The honorees of the 2012 Reintegration Awards were recognized at an awards ceremony on April 16 as part of the National Council Conference in Chicago:

About the Reintegration Awards

Since 1997, the Reintegration Awards, supported by Eli Lilly and Company, have celebrated the achievements of those in the community who dedicate themselves to improving the lives of individuals with serious mental illnesses, and the achievements of those living with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder who battle tremendous odds to improve their own lives and the lives of their peers. In 2012, the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare is proud to partner with Lilly to offer the Reintegration Awards.

About the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare

The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) association of 1,950 community healthcare organizations that provide treatment and rehabilitation for mental illnesses and addiction disorders to nearly 6 million adults, children and families in communities across the country.

About Eli Lilly and Company

Lilly, a leading innovation-driven corporation, is developing a growing portfolio of pharmaceutical products by applying the latest research from its own worldwide laboratories and from collaborations with eminent scientific organizations. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., Lilly provides answers — through medicines and information — for some of the world's most urgent medical needs. Additional information about Lilly is available at www.lilly.com; Lilly’s clinical trial registry is available at www.lillytrials.com.

Fresh A.I.R. Gallery’s mission is to exhibit the works of these individuals affected by mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders. Through art, we educate the community and work to break down the stigma of mental illness by bringing focus to the artistic vision. Fresh A.I.R. Gallery is operated by Southeast Inc. Southeast Inc. is a comprehensive provider of mental health, chemical dependency, physical healthcare and homeless services that has been serving Columbus since 1978 and five surrounding counties. Southeast’s telephone number is (614) 225-0980 or Fax (614) 225-0986 or visit http://www.southeastinc.com/freshair

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Southeast, Inc., Awarded Federal Funding for Health Care for the Homeless

Columbus, Ohio (43215) – Bill Lee, Chief Executive Officer for Southeast, Inc., announced an award of $1.2 million from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for Southeast, Inc. for the period August 1, 2011 to May 31, 2013.  First year program costs are $2,221,244 with the federal award being 25% of the program or $557.313.   The award designates Southeast as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) providing Healthcare for the Homeless in Columbus and Franklin County. The highly competitive grants were awarded to 67 community health center programs across the country.  Southeast is one of ten new access centers and one of two Ohio centers to receive the highly competitive award.

In announcing the grant, Lee stated “Southeast has a long history of serving people in our community who are homeless. This award will enable us to fully integrate primary care into the behavioral health, homeless sheltering and housing supports we currently provide.  We are extremely pleased that HRSA has selected Southeast as a new access point for primary health care for the homeless.” Southeast began providing outreach services to the homeless in 1984 and was later awarded Federal PATH funding for homeless outreach.  In 2006, Southeast acquired Friends of the Homeless and Rebecca’s Place which are homeless shelters and supportive services for men and women. 

Southeast has provided primary health care at its downtown location since 1996 and is currently receiving federal funds from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration as a demonstration project site for the integration of behavioral and primary health care.

Michele Heritage, Executive Director of the Community Shelter Board (CSB) stated, “Southeast, Inc., has been a leader in our community in providing essential, life saving services to people who are experiencing homelessness.  The Community Shelter Board is thrilled that Southeast is receiving funding for a much needed new health center.  Southeast has demonstrated a long standing commitment to serving the most vulnerable people in our community and with this new health center, Southeast will be able to bring healthcare services to those who desperately need it.  CSB looks forward to our continued partnership with Southeast as we work together to end homelessness in our community.”

Southeast is one of the largest behavioral healthcare organizations in Ohio and serves over 12,000 people annually through the provision of mental health, substance abuse, primary health care and other and ancillary medical services.  Southeast began serving the central Ohio community in 1978 and now has offices in six Ohio counties. 

Southeast, Inc.’s mission is to serve as a comprehensive provider of mental health, chemical dependency, healthcare, and homeless services, assisting diverse populations regardless of their economic status.  Southeast’s services enhance wellness and recovery, thereby improving families, workplaces, and communities.  Southeast is accredited by The Joint Commission and is  funded, in part, by the ADAMH Board of Franklin County, the Community Shelter Board and its funders, and the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Belmont, Harrison, and Monroe Counties.

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