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Pasco welcomes two new not-for-profit behavioral healthcare providers
Pasco welcomes two new not-for-profit behavioral healthcare providers

Two not-for-profit behavioral health providers well-known in Hillsborough and Pinellas are expanding into Pasco County.

Beginning August 1, Pinellas County’s Directions for Mental Health and Hillsborough’s Mental Health Care, Inc. will begin providing counseling, medication management, case management, and tele-psychiatry in Pasco County. Both organizations are nationally accredited and have a combined ninety years of experience in delivering services.

Directions for Mental Health’s office will primarily serve the western part of Pasco County. Its office is located at 5642 Meadowlane Street in New Port Richey.  Mental Health Care, Inc. will be the primary provider for eastern Pasco County with an office location of 2740 Windguard Circle, Suite 101, Wesley Chapel, 33544.

The agencies’ expansion into Pasco County is in response to two important issues: high reported need in Pasco County and the opportunity to provide more accessible options to residents.

In response to the need for more behavioral health options, Directions for Mental Health President & CEO April Lott said, “We are very pleased to finally be a provider in Pasco County. For years, we have gotten calls from people just north of us seeking low-cost mental health services. We are eager to implement an array of traditional mental health services as well as new programs that are truly catered to the Pasco County region.”  

One new initiative to be offered by Directions, in addition to office-based services, is called tele-psychiatry.  Tele-psychiatry, often referred to as telemedicine, enables clients to meet virtually with their doctors or counselors from their homes or a nearby location, such as a library or another doctor’s office. A case manager will travel to the client with the equipment needed to connect to an office-based psychiatrist for a private, confidential session. Clients who do not need this service, or who prefer the traditional face-to-face format, will be able to attend appointments in the brick-and-mortar office. 

East Pasco County’s services will be provided at MHC’s new outpatient location and will focus on support groups regarding codependency, divorce, adolescents/ bullying, marriage counseling, health and wellness in addition to traditional services . MHC will also be piloting a new evidence based practice of open access to services.  This will assist providers and clients in receiving needed services in a timely manner. The CEO of Mental Health Care, Inc., Joe Rutherford, stated “We are very excited for this opportunity to partner with the residents of Pasco County by providing integrated health and wellness services. Our cutting edge services fill an important component of the overall health care needs of both the individual and family. “

Individuals seeking behavioral health services should call:

East Pasco residents, MHC at (813) 239-8526 and

West Pasco residents, Directions for Mental Health at (727) 524-4464.


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