FCHD Health Education Director and TTS Debbie Bell shares, “Jennifer is so compassionate. She is not afraid to ask the difficult questions. And, she really listens.” Debbie notes that having a second TTS on staff allows FCHD to embark on new partnerships with behavioral, mental health, and substance use disorder organizations. “When Jennifer first began creating a list of all of our (behavioral health) sites, we had no idea that there were so many in our community. We didn’t know where to start. But having the opportunity to work with the BH WELL team…was great. (They helped) us get our foot in the door and see resources we have here at the local level that our partners in mental and behavioral health may be able to utilize.”
In 2020, Jennifer, Debbie, and the Franklin County Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnership (MAPP) Wellness Coalition made a goal to reach just one behavioral mental health substance use site. As of December 2022, they have partnered with 15 sites.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death among people living with mental illnesses (MI) and continues to take huge tolls on the lives of Kentuckians. The Franklin County Health Department (FCHD) is making a difference.
The Behavioral Health Wellness Environments for Living and Learning (BH WELL) research team is partnering with Franklin County Health Department to promote tailored behavioral health tobacco treatment services. BH WELL exists to promote behavioral health and wellness among individuals facing behavioral health challenges.