Mental Health

NDTC’s Mental Health Department is Accepting Clients!

Mental health disorders and substance use disorders frequently occur together. Disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, personality disorders, and bipolar disorder are just a few disorders that may be present at the same time as a substance use disorder, making it very difficult for individuals to succeed in their recovery.

When there is a dual diagnosis of both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder, it is important that the individual receive treatment that addresses both problems at the same time. The untreated symptoms of a mental health disorder can cause the patient to be unable to remain clean and sober; and untreated substance abuse issues can make mental health treatment ineffective.

Our mental health facility is staffed with licensed clinical counselors to provide assessment, diagnosis, and treatment for mental health disorders. We also provide psych-only services to outpatients with no drug or alcohol problems. We are accepting Medicaid and self-pay currently and are working toward contracting with major insurance companies.

 

Some of our specialty treatment areas include:

  • Intensive trauma treatment
  • Grief and loss
  • Anxieties, phobias, and panic disorder
  • Dual diagnosis of SUD and Mental and Emotional disorders
  • Major depressive disorder, dysthymia, bipolar disorder

 

Any of our clinical treatments may be paired with specialty therapeutic services to develop a treatment plan unique to your needs.

  • Canine-Assisted Support
  • Therapeutic Art
  • Gardening and Horticultural Support
  • Spiritual formation

 

Treatment Modalities include:

  • Internal Family Systems Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral
  • Rogerian
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (individual sessions for follow-up of IOP referrals)

 

MENTAL HEALTH STAFF

 

Dr. Jennifer Durham, MBA, LPCC-S is the Director of Mental Health Services at New Destiny. She is a graduate of Malone and Ashland Universities with education and work backgrounds in business, theology, drug and alcohol treatment, and mental health. Dr. Durham specializes in trauma and reactive attachment disorder with a scope of practice in substance abuse treatment. She has worked in the field since 1992, teaching psychology for Ohio State University's COTC, developing school-based mental health counseling programs, expanding outpatient service programs throughout Ohio, and most recently, developing NDTC’s Mental Health department. Dr. Durham is a CEU provider for the State of Ohio CSWMFT Board. She enjoys program development and business consultation.

 

 

Karl W. Croskey, CDCA II, QMHS is The Care Team Leader, coordinating Transitions and Case Management in the Mental Health Department. Karl has approx. 30 years of working in the fields of mental health and drug and alcohol. Karl has 10 years’ missionary experience helping needy families. He has 12 years Foster Care experience, and has adopted 4 children. He worked in a residential treatment facility for children for 11 years. Karl has been with NDTC since 2018, where he helps collaborate patient care between mental health, substance abuse treatment, and the medical departments. He assists patients with their basic needs while in treatment. He ensures that patients will have safe housing, adequate employment, spiritual care resources, and a sober support network upon graduation form NDTC. Karl provides education such as the Employee Horizons program, which has helped former patients secure employment and even job promotions. He collaborates with parenting and GED programs to bring skills which build stronger graduates, families and communities.

 

 

Robert Loper, CDCA, QMHS, CT came to New Destiny Treatment Center in 2018 from the overseas mission field. He began as a substance abuse counselor; and served in numerous roles for NDTC including administrator, and as an outpatient and residential counselor. Under clinical supervision, Rob currently provides assessment, counseling and testing through the Mental Health Department. He will soon complete his Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Indiana Wesleyan University. Upon passage of the National Counselor Examination, Rob plans to continue working for the Mental Health Department as a licensed professional counselor (LPC). Rob is a member of the National Honor Society. In addition to his educational and clinical work, Rob pastors a church in Canton, Ohio. Rob is an excellent clinician; and our residential patients find life-changing value in Rob’s Anger Management groups. His passion for patient care and professional growth is inspirational to the Mental Health team.

 

 

Vicki Brown MSSA, LSW is a mental health counselor who works with NDTC’s residential and outpatient clients. She holds associate’s and bachelor’s degrees from the Akron University in Social Work. Vicki earned her master’s degree in Social Work Administration with a specialty in Mental Health from Case Western University: The Mandel School of Applied Sciences. Her work experience in mental health includes work as a Medical Social Worker with Hospice, crisis work in hospital ER services, counseling with adults and children in outpatient and school settings, and social work with the elderly in nursing homes. Vicki specializes in grief and loss counseling. Vicki’s patients especially appreciate her kindness and listening skills.

“I love working with Mental Health issues with N.D. clients so they may achieve sober and clean living when they are done with their treatment. My goals are to empower and encourage them to find their personal strengths, to gain personal insight about themselves, and to help them accomplish their goals in treatment and in their lives. It is my privilege to work with each client and to see the qualities that they possess as they go through the program. Each of them is a blessing to me. Through God and His guidance, He can give direction to each client for a clean and sober future for them and their families.” –Vicki Brown

 

 

William Egut, CDCA, QMHS is a graduate of New Destiny Treatment Center’s residential program. He worked as a dorm dean, helping patients find comfort and hope in an unfamiliar, sober lifestyle. Will’s personal approach and professional skills were greatly appreciated by NDTC. So, upon graduation, he was hired as the Residential Supervisor, and earned his CDCA. He currently enjoys his job providing patient advocacy and case coordination as a Case Manager in the mental health department’s Transitions Program. Will is currently enrolled at Malone University, where he takes theology courses and is majoring in psychology.

“I remember what it was like to be a patient. I want to further my education so that I can continue to help others. I have a passion for the mental health and faith aspects of recovery.”

“I am so blessed; I can talk about God openly while at work, which is not common these days. Not only the things He has done for me, but what He does and can do for everyone. I like that there are no two days that are the same, and I like working with patients because I can relate to them. Overall, I feel in my heart this is the path I am supposed to be on, and I am right where I am supposed to be.” –Will Egut

 

 

Benjamin Dunlap, CMS, QMHS is a 2020 graduate of NDTC’s Residential Treatment Program. Ben is a Care Management Specialist who provides Case Management to residential and outpatient clients at NDTC. He enjoys helping patients understand and connect the broken pieces of their lives. Ben brings a Positive Psychology approach to his patients, focusing on balance while helping patients understand their individual needs. This involves focus on strengths, emotions, character traits, and introducing patients to experiences which enhance the quality of life. This helps them develop coping skills for recovery, and moves them beyond turning to substances to meet their emotional needs. Ben pairs his training in mental health and substance abuse with his work experience in Agriculture Research & Development to provide unique support services to his patients. One of Ben’s most recent projects is a Bonsai tree project. Patients plant and care for their own trees, experiencing the benefits of the creative process, mindfulness in working with their hands, and the link between their own efforts to nourish and the growth of their trees. He also helps patients develop their passions for health and fitness, the creative arts, and spirituality for recovery. Ben is working to earn his CDCA in the coming year.