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Several other mental health care providers also serve the district.
Waupun Town Economic Development Administrator / Director Kathy Schlieve said the town donated $ 75,000 to her Brooks Fund project, which promotes healthcare, as she believes there is no legal problem.
“It comes down to licensing,” Schlieve said. “Church Health Services operates a state-certified mental health clinic. They only hire counselors who are state-licensed and certified to provide services, and they are not licensed to provide Christian counseling. It’s really fundamental to match the supplier as needed. Based on the authorization to practice, they correspond to the need.
“The biggest concern they’ve obviously addressed is that we’re a faith-based organization,” O’Connor said. “Even though we are a faith-based organization, many of the programs we offer are non-faith-based. These are secular programs, and our mental health program is one of them. This is simply because we are dealing not only with mentally vulnerable and fragile people, but also with socio-economically fragile people. So we really wanted to make sure that if we were going to provide mental health therapy to this group of people, we would do it in the right way. “
According to O’Connor, Church Health Services operates a state-certified mental health clinic and a Level 1 Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Clinic (AODA). It is state controlled and audited annually to make sure it is doing everything properly. He is bound by state law on how providers interact with and treat his patients.