JACKSON COUNTY - The Westbrook Health Service announced the receipt of a $280,000 grant for the development and implementation of the Region III Youth Service Center. This Youth Service Center was an identified need in the Region III Governor’s Substance Abuse Task Force meetings with funding provided by the WVDHHR Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities.

The first step in the development of the Regional Youth Service Center was to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment. This exercise was designed to assist Westbrook Health services by identifying and analyzing service gaps and community treatment needs for youth in our 8 county region including Calhoun, Jackson, Ritchie, Pleasants, Roane, Tyler, Wirt and Wood Counties.
A comprehensive needs assessment enabled Westbrook to:
• Identify strengths and opportunities in individual communities
• Plan strategies to deliver services that are most effective to reach youth from prevention and at risk behaviors to treatment and recovery plans
• Plan and deliver the most effective care to children and adolescents with the greatest level of identified need
• Development services in the eight-county area utilizing technology and resource sharing
Upon the completion of the comprehensive needs assessment at the regional education service agency (RESA V) building in Parkersburg, WV, Westbrook was given a road map needed to develop their Regional Youth Service Center, a collaborative effort with multiple community partners identifying and developing a variety of treatment and non-treatment options for youth with behavioral health needs.
West Brook held a meeting on August 19 at RESA V building located in Parkersburg, WV where community members from the 8 affected counties attended in hopes to come together and form a constructive needs list for each individual area.  Ideas discussed and brought to the table were as followed:
• Pride Survey
• Truancy Rates
• FAS-Birth Rates-Teen Pregnancy
• Abuse Neglect
• Youth Advocate Program
• Eating Disorder Data amongst youth
• Education to Parents/Students
• E.R. Data
• Deplaced Youth
• Law Enforcement Reports
• Juvenile Citations
• Family Court Data
• Drug Court Data
• Health Department HEP/HIV Data
• Attendance/School GPA
• Data from Boys and Girls Club
• Substance of abuse break downs

There will be several more comprehensive needs assessment meetings set for future dates. Derek Snyder MA, LPC, NCC Program Director- children and Family Services of Westbrook Health Services said on behalf of West brook, “We look forward to working with you (the community) and coordinating our efforts together to help provide the best treatment for our youth as we continue a 65 year tradition of meeting the needs of children in our area.”