Two new health-related facilities have opened their doors in central Sussex County this month.
Dover Behavioral Health System recently began providing mental health and substance abuse treatment to teens and adults at 406 S. Bedford St. in Georgetown.
"Mental health services for residents in not only Georgetown, but all of Sussex County, were not as readily available as they are in the northern part of the state," said Mike Gavula, the director of business development at Dover Behavioral Health. "We readily identified the need for these services and found that Georgetown was a perfect fit, due to it not only being at the intersection of two major roads, but also its ease of access to public transportation and being the county seat for Sussex County."
Gavula said 10 staff members will provide partial hospitalization and day treatment services to about 25 clients at the agency's new 3,600-square-foot Sussex campus, located next to Catholic Charities.
"Day Hospital Services is programming where consumers can attend during the day and still return home to their families during the evening," he said. "This allows them to receive mental health services while maintaining their daily routine at home."
Gavula said the average length of stay for each client is about two weeks.
"The facility is utilized as a means to avoid hospitalization and offer community-based service to residents who do not require a hospital level of care," he said.
About eight miles to the south, Chimes International recently opened a new rehabilitation facility for people with disabilities at 28393 Dupont Boulevard in Millsboro.
The $1.65 million Irv and Phyllis Levin Center, which replaces Chimes former leased space in Millsboro, will allow the agency to house support staff, such as program directors, nurses and medical personnel in one building.
The new 8,000-square-foot facility also will allow Chimes to provide rehabilitation services and vocational training to about 35 individuals with disabilities, or about double its previous capacity.
"The Levin Center represents a long-term commitment by Chimes to southern Delaware," said Marty Lampner, the president and CEO of Chimes. "In this area, there is not a lot available in the way of services for folks with disabilities, especially severe disabilities … What made this particularly critical is that one of our competitors had recently decided to cut back on its services, so while there were few options before, now there is one less."
The new center is named after Wilmington residents Irv and Phyllis Levin, who contributed $100,000 toward the cost of building the new facility.