Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wellsville Crime Watch Committee Learns of Services Available at Help Hotline Crisis Center

The Wellsville Crime Watch Committee held their regular monthly meeting Thursday evening, June 16, at Village Hall. The program for the meeting was presented by Mrs. Cathy Grizinski of the Help Hotline Crisis Center. Pictured here, Mrs. Grizinski explained the services available through the Center.

Located in Mahoning County the Crisis Center was incorporated in 1971 and has counselors available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It's a central clearing house for community human resource information and referral service for area residents. They cover Mahoning, Columbiana, Trumbull and Ashtabula Counties. The agency is licensed by the Ohio Department of Mental Health in areas of mental health education, hotline services, referral and information and other mental health services.

Some of the services offered are Community Resources with centralized information and referral center. They provide crisis intervention for Suicide Prevention. They are a member of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Grizinski said they average 6,000 calls annually in Columbiana County alone. There is a Victims of Crime Hotline with a full time victim's advocate available to provide community support, advocacy and reassurance. They have a Senior Line available to those age 55 or over for information, referral and supportive services. There is also help for transition from homelessness, guardianship and recovery projects.

There are a list of phone numbers available to call but the easiest one to remember is 211. Just by dialing 211 from anywhere in the coverage area directs your call to the Help Hotline Crisis Center. Pamphlets with more information is and other cards are available in the lobby of Village Hall, They are a public service available to help anyone through the steps towards solving a problem. Just call 211 to get started.

The next Crime Watch meeting will be Thursday, July 21 at 6:30 PM at Wellsville Village Hall. Guest speaker will be Tim Long from the CC Emergency Management Agency. The public is invited and welcome to attend.

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