Mental health and addiction clinic helps less fortunate children with backpack program


SALYERSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) – Frontier Behavioral Health is a clinic specializing in the treatment and support of people with addiction and other forms of mental illness.

“The ultimate goal of our service is basically to create new beginnings,” said case manager Jalyssa Gibson. “We are the basis for a new start.

The clinic offers a second chance to clients as well as to the families of these clients. These families sometimes include children who also struggle with their parents.

“Sometimes we have customers who can barely provide food for their children, let alone school supplies,” Gibson said.

This led Gibson and Courtney Gullett, another case manager at the clinic, to start a backpack program for less fortunate children who come to the clinic. Not just the children of the clients, but any child in the community.

“Magoffin County, if I’m not mistaken, I think the poverty rate in this area is around 30%,” Gullett said. “So we want to be the people who help the students. Prepare them to succeed despite their circumstances.

Help young children get excited and prepare for the upcoming school year, as well as potentially taking some stress out of their families.

“I feel like it’s been a really tough year for everyone,” said Gullett. “Anything we can bring some joy to the children, to the families, that’s what we’re going to do. This is what we will strive to achieve.

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