Pine Bluffs Post - Serving all of Eastern Laramie County since 1908

By Zach Spadt
Pine Bluffs Post 

May is Mental Health Awareness month

 

Zach Spadt/Pine Bluffs Post

Peak Wellness Program Director Jonna Hilzer-Dickie, left, and staff therapist Danny Ruiz stand outside of the Tri-County Medical Center in Pine Bluffs. Peak Wellness provides mental healthcare to area residents.

Laramie County residents suffering from mental health issues have numerous ways to get the help they need.

Peak Wellness Program Director for Adult Mental Health and Youth Services for Laramie County, Jonna Hilzer-Dickie, said "there is a ton" of services available in the area.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

Hilzer-Dickie said mental health services have been available in Pine Bluffs since 2012, and most recently, Peak Wellness operates out of the Tri-County Medical Center in Pine Bluffs. Aside from the shared office space, there is little connection between the two entities.

Privacy is a major priority of Peak, Hilzer-Dickie said.

"They (Tri-County Medical Center) were generous to allow us to use their office.

"There are no physical paper charts. It is a web-based documentation system," Hilzer-Dickie said.

She added that the web-based system is highly secure. Peak can only share information with Tri-County Medical Center with specific release paperwork.

She also emphasized that Peak Wellness clinicians are all professional licensed and held to the highest professional standards.

Most importantly, Hilzer-Dickie said, Peak therapists help make therapy fun.

Peak provides different areas of mental health services including providing help to those suffering from addiction, depression or other mental illnesses.

"We help people with rehabilitation, help them get on with life," Hilzer-Dickie said.

Peak also employs a Spanish-speaking therapist for patients who have a language barrier, making it more accessible.

The organization also provides parenting classes from evidence-based research.

Peak is funded largely through the state of Wyoming's Mental Health Division. Peak also bills insurance providers and bills patients on a sliding fee scale, Hilzer-Dickie said.

"We enjoy having an office in Pine Bluffs and providing for the community," added Hilzer-Dickie.

 

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