1998 is the year for another MCES milestone. That was when what was known as the "Dual Diagnosis" program was launched.
Staff at the time recognized that an increasing number of admissions involved persons with co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders. The program was designed for patients who had a primary serious mental illness and one or more substance abuse disorders that affected their psychiatric treatment.
Mike Melcher had been at MCES for several years when the organization formalized its treatment of patients with co-occurring disorders (COD). Mike had all the prerequisites. He was a Certified Addictions Counselor (CAC) and had already been working with COD patients. Mike and the program settled into the Allied Therapy Department. Mike does individual counseling and facilitates educational and problem-solving groups.
Over the years, Mike has helped hundreds of patients understand the inter-relationship of mental illness and drug or alcohol abuse and the need to accept and maintain treatment for both.
For these contributions and more, we were pleased to nominate Mike for a Service Excellence Award from the MAX (Moving Agencies toward Service Excellence) Association, a regional providers' organization. Mike received the award at the MAX Annual Conference on March 29, at the Holiday Inn in Kulpsville.