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HealthWays celebrates anniversary

WEIRTON — HealthWays’ beginnings date to 1964 when it first answered the call from the people of Brooke and Hancock counties for behavioral health treatment.

The company has helped to change the lives of those in the community for five decades. HealthWays traces its beginning to a grassroots effort by the Hancock-Brooke Mental Health Society, which was formed in response to the need for mental health services in the area. During the years, the company has grown to a 160-employee organization with 10 locations in Hancock, Brooke and Ohio counties.

Working under the mission “To Foster Positive Human Growth by Providing Competent, Compassionate and Comprehensive Programs that Enhance the Lives of Those We Serve,” HealthWays’ main office is located at 501 Colliers Way. This site houses psychiatric, psychological and counseling services for children, adults and families as well as case management services for persons with developmental disabilities or severe mental illnesses. The nine other sites provide residential and day programming services to consumers with developmental disabilities.

The board and staff at HealthWays continue to be responsive to the changing needs of the community by offering quality programming by licensed professionals and the creation of new programming.

One of its recent projects has been in response to the identified increase of substance abuse in the area. To meet this need, HealthWays has opened a female residential treatment program in Beech Bottom, where an open house was held Friday.

Next year, HealthWays plans to relocate its Hancock County Opportunity Center.

For an appointment or information about programs and services, call (304) 723-5440. HealthWays do offers 24-hour crisis services at (304) 797-6000.

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