Polk gives annual mental health funding to Polk Wellness

Published 5:53 pm Thursday, July 26, 2012

Commissioner Tom Pack voted against giving all the funding to Polk Wellness Center saying he thinks the funding should be split between the two organizations.

Commissioners agreed for Polk County Economic Development Director Libbie Johnson to work with PVS to see how the county can help with funding. One suggestion was to give PVS $5,000 the county economic tourism development commission previously offered to give the county for a water line extension.

PVS has been in Polk County for 44 years and provides jobs to county residents who have developmental disabilities.

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The Polk Wellness Center has been in operation since 2009 and offers a sliding scale pay system with therapists to help people who suffer with mental health and substance abuse. The nonprofit wellness center has grown to 584 clients with 12 employees.

The Wellness Center has recently moved its mental health services to the Dunn’s Commons Plaza in Columbus. The primary medical care services are still located at Polk Wellness’ original location at 801 W. Mills Street, Columbus.