TIPTON - Community Howard Regional Health is opening a dedicated outpatient behavioral health clinic in Tipton that will offer mental health and addiction services.

The Community Howard Behavioral Health Services Tipton office will open Tuesday at 202 S. West St.

The clinic will be open Tuesday through Thursday each week and will offer therapy services with licensed therapists, medication management services and case management services for home-based and community-based care.

Community Howard currently has behavioral health clinics in downtown Kokomo and Frankfort.

Matt Oliver, executive director of operations for Community Howard’s outpatient behavioral health services, said the hospital already serves a number of clients from the Tipton area in the Kokomo clinic, and the new location will make services more accessible and convenient for those patients.

“The Tipton and surrounding community is currently underserved and the addition of this office will help meet the need,” he said. “We’re excited to launch this office in Tipton to bring a fuller continuum of behavioral health services to the local community.”

The clinic staff will be comprised of three part-time master-level therapists and one part-time psychiatrist, Oliver said. The hospital currently has three community and home-based providers serving in Tipton.

The office will be open from Tuesday to Thursday each week, with office hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Patients can begin scheduling appointments in Tipton by calling 317-621-5700 or toll free at 866-621-5719.

The new clinic will mark the second behavioral health center coming in the last few years to Tipton, which didn’t have any in-town mental health services before then.

Four County Counseling in 2016 opened what was then the town’s and county’s first and only mental-health clinic dedicated to offering behavioral-health services to local residents.

The previous lack of mental-health services isn’t unique to Tipton. In 2014, Indiana had 52 areas that were federally designated as mental-health professional shortage areas, including Tipton County.

Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @carsongerber1.

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Carson Gerber is a reporter for the Kokomo Tribune and can be reached at 765-854-6739, carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @carsongerber1.