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Nurse practitioner to serve individuals with psychiatry needs

Personal and Family Counseling Services has added Ketura L. Jackson, a certified nurse practitioner, to serve individuals with psychiatry needs including evaluations, medication management therapy and medically assisted treatment for opiate dependency.
The nurse practitioner is currently seeing individuals age 6 and older with Medicaid at the location at 1433 Fifth St. NW, New Philadelphia. PFCS is working with third-party private insurance companies to credential the psychiatry services for inclusion in the medical coverage.
Anyone can contact PFCS and inquire about the psychiatric services offered and to determine if services will be covered by their current insurance, Medicaid and Medicare plans. PFCS operates with a sliding-fee scale based upon the individual’s income for those who are uninsured.
“In Tuscarawas County psychiatric services have been desperately needed for both children and adults requiring a combination of therapy and medication to address their needs," said Pam Trimmer, executive director at PFCS. "PFCS is extremely fortunate to have Ketura on staff and able to fill this gap in services here in our community.”
The psychiatry appointments will be symptom focused to ensure that all medication management therapy is benefiting the client. PFCS is willing and able to partner with other behavioral health treatment providers to serve psychiatric clients.
“We are open to other providers referring their clients to our facility to serve their medication and evaluation needs while they continue receiving therapy services at an outside agency," said Jamie L. Smith, assistant director at PFCS. "We want what is best for the clients and have no intentions to disrupt healthy therapy relationships."
To make an appointment with the nurse practitioner for psychiatric evaluation, call PFCS at 330-343-8171. Appointments are available on Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the anticipation of increasing the available hours based upon program growth.
“As more individuals take advantage of this new service, we intend to increase the presence of the nurse practitioner on a weekly basis to meet the need,” Smith said.

Published: September 13, 2017
New Article ID: 2017170919983