LORAIN — The Nord Center will host an open house showcasing its expanded program 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday.
The center recently expanded its adult Day Treatment Program to include afternoon programming with a special focus on patients with a dual diagnosis. Dual diagnosis is a term referring to a person who suffers from a mental illness and a substance abuse disorder, according to Rebecca Jones, director of adult behavioral health services.
The open house will be for the center’s staff and clients as well as community members to see the changes in the program.
“I really want to see them have an opportunity to check out what’s different and if that’s a service that might be beneficial to them,” Jones said.
The event will have therapists from the program available to demonstrate how they can help patients. There also will be mindfulness activities visitors can participate in, as well as artist expression therapy.
The expansion program focuses on the effects of substances on mental health as well as the benefits of reducing or eliminating the substance abuse. Jones said the expansion of these services will help meet the needs of people in Lorain County area.
The need for the program’s expansion was the understanding of the way the center was treating clients with dual-diagnosis, Jones said. Beforehand, the center has been treating clients with dual-diagnosis one at a time, she said, but the treatment is better in group therapy.
“What we really recognized is that group is a very beneficial way, it’s very effective in an evidence-based way to treat both disorders at the same time,” Jones said.
The goal of the new program is to provide structure, support and education to individuals on managing their illness and reducing the chance of rehospitalization.
Betsy Kamm, the center’s director of institutional advancement, said Nord usually gets many clients through referrals from others, so an open house is a great way to let people know what services it offers.
“I think what we’ve learned is sometimes we’re not always marketing to the person themselves but to a friend or a family member,” she said.
The event will take place in the Day Treatment room at The Nord Center’s main campus, at 6140 S. Broadway. For more information on other Nord programs and services, visit www.nordcenter.org.