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CCS celebrates 40 years strong in Mississippi

May 15, 2014

BY MARY GARRISON
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Community Counseling Services (CCS) has been a part of Clay County’s history for as long as some can remember, but this year marks a special milestone: CCS is celebrating 40 years of service.
The organization commemorated the event with a special luncheon at Old Waverly Country Club Wednesday in West Point, with representatives from each of its seven-county coverage area coming to expand briefly on services provided, financial figures and a glimpse into the future.
And it looks to be an exciting one. Richard Duggin, CCS Chief Financial Officer, told attendees a bit about some of the organization’s upcoming initiatives.
Duggin said, in particular, CCS had laid the groundwork for a new fiber network, which will allow clients to receive services directly from their homes via the Internet. CCS will launch its fully HIPPA compliant fiber initiative Oct. 1, according to Duggin. The service will allow counselors and therapists to visit or check in on clients receiving services who may be facing difficult situations or struggling with transportation.
CCS is working to provide other electronic services, as well. Duggin said when state legislature had passed electronic medical records keeping in 2010, that mandate had not extended to behavioral health institutes, as those institutes did not provide physical medical care. However, Duggin said, with the introduction of Mississippi Senate Bill 2829 — which would amend Mississippi code to better define services mental health commissions are authorized to provide — CCS could delve into electronic records keeping for better efficiency and additional services.
“We’re in progress,” Duggin said. “We can provide basic first aid services, as well, like flu shots and primary care.”
It’s a service that could prove a boon to existing and future clients, he said.
Duggin said CCS was also working toward a plan to integrate those who would have previously received care in a group home setting. Notably, CCS had been working with local governments and their various bodies to ensure compliance for the development of client services and housing. The purpose, Duggin said would be to assist clients in functioning normally within a given society, as well as achieve independence, while maintaining services and care needed.

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