Great Lakes Recovery Centers offering mental health services to youth during the summer


ISHPEMING, Mich. (WJMN) – At a time of year that can cause school-aged children and youth to have inconsistent access to the mental health services they receive during the school year, recovery centers of the Great Lakes (GLRC) highlight the services they continue to provide during the summer months. In a statement, the GLRC lists the following services that are currently available to young people and their families:

Psychiatry clinic for children and adolescents: The Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinic is offered in partnership with Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services and is for children and adolescents with mild to moderate mental health issues who require psychiatric care. Some of the services offered by the clinic include consultation, assessment and medication management. These services are accessible in person at the Ishpeming Outpatient Clinic, although some services may be available via telehealth.

“Supporting young people and their families has been my passion for more than 20 years,” said Melissa Copenhaver, psychiatric nurse practitioner at the GLRC Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinic. “Now more than ever, our communities need to work together to provide social-emotional support to young people.”

You can learn more or make an appointment by calling (906) 228-9696.

Applied Behavior Analysis Clinic: The new ABA Clinic offers Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)-based assessment and treatment for children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Services offered by the clinic include: assessments, identification of adaptive replacement behaviors, ABA treatment based on assessment results, consultations and behavioral supports. The ABA Clinic is located in our new Teal facility in Negaunee.

“We are pleased to be able to provide ABA services to the community and eager to help children and families in need,” said Jeremy Biesbrouck, ABA Clinic Supervisor.

You can contact Biesbrouck at (906) 632-0977 or [email protected] for more information.

Ambulatory services: The GLRC has trained clinicians who can work with children and adolescents on a variety of mental health and addiction issues through outpatient services. Counseling is offered at various locations across UP and can also be accessed via telehealth.

“We know our children and teens face many challenges today,” said Jennifer Santer, Western UP’s Chief Operating Officer. “Our counselors can provide them with a safe place to talk and learn new skills.”

Outpatient services are available at various locations in UP. You can learn more or make an appointment by calling (906) 228-9696.

MI Upper Peninsula Parent Support Network: In addition to these clinical services, the GLRC has partnered with the Youth Mental Health Project to establish the MI Upper Peninsula Parent Support Network. This is a peer-run support group for parents who are concerned about their child’s mental health. This is a free, confidential group that takes place virtually on the third Wednesday of every month.

“Parents have joined this group at all stages of their child’s mental health journey,” said Amy Poirier, Director of Community Relations and Marketing. “Whatever phase they are in – whether they are simply recognizing signs of anxiety or whether their child has shared suicidal thoughts – this group has helped them realize that they are not alone. And even though each family’s story is different, they are there to support each other without judgment. And that can make all the difference. »

You can learn more about the Parent Support Network of the Upper Peninsula of MI by calling (906) 523-9688 or emailing [email protected]

Additionally, you can learn more about GLRC by calling (906) 228-9696 or visiting their website.


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