NRVCS community living, ICT programs have new home in Dublin

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By Mike Wade | NRVCS

Residents and frequent visitors to Dublin have likely noticed some changes along Broad Street recently. NRVCS, the area’s public provider of behavioral health services, has been a part of that area’s flurry of development.

Earlier this summer, the agency moved into the renovated building located at 210 Broad Street and officials with NRVCS say the space will serve as headquarters for staff with its Community Living Services, as well as the Intensive Community Treatment, or “ICT” team. They point out that this facility will not be used for any outpatient services. (Pulaski County residents seeking those services – for either mental health or substance use disorders – will continue to be served at NRVCS’ clinic on North Washington Avenue in downtown Pulaski, or at the agency’s facility in Radford.)

According to Patti Dotson, Service Line Coordinator for NRVCS’ Community Living Services, the new Dublin site provides a centralized location for her team. Community living services at NRVCS are focused on supporting adults with developmental disabilities through housing and overall community integration.

“Being here allows for better communication amongst our team,” explains Dotson. “We now have space for staff who otherwise did not have a home base or an office to meet with families or other staff.”

Dotson notes the move has also freed up much-needed space for clinical services, as well as conference rooms, at NRVCS’ offices in both Radford and Blacksburg.

ICT, which is part of the agency’s Program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT), is an intensive program that serves adults with serious mental health disorders who currently live in the community but have not been successful in managing their illness using more traditional office-based approaches. The ICT/PACT Team in Dublin is the fourth such team operated by NRVCS.

“Our ICT team is so excited to have been able to expand and develop additional services to support persons with severe mental illness to be successful in their communities,” notes Shelly Farmer, Program Services Manager for NRVCS’ PACT/ICT programs. “This location allows us to be more accessible to clients to meet their needs when they arise. The new facility decreases our response time given the more central location.

NRVCS officials add that they are looking forward to also helping boost the local economy in Dublin, as both staff and those individuals receiving supports through the agency begin to visit area restaurants and retailers.

NRVCS Dublin facility
NRVCS Dublin facility
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