LEXINGTON, Ky. — 2020 was the year of anxiety, depression, stress, financial instability, and uncertainty for many people globally, and Kentucky has been no different. The COVID-19 pandemic has especially made children, senior citizens, homeless and low-income residents, medical and essential workers, veterans, and those suffering from addiction among the most vulnerable populations regarding their mental health and wellness.
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the pandemic has contributed to the country’s deadliest 12-month period for drug overdose fatalities, with a 22% jump in overdose deaths in Kentucky compared to the same period last year.
In March 2020, just as the country was being shut down to slow the spread of COVID-19, Compass Health of Kentucky opened its doors with Compass Addiction Services, located at 1616 Harrodsburg Road in Lexington. The facility was founded by D. Blake Ferguson and his team of highly trained and experienced staff, after Dr. Ronald Bibb Jr, Compass’ program director and senior clinician, expressed the need for a new way of treating patients in Central Kentucky who are dealing with addiction issues. CAS offers medication-assisted custom treatment plans for problematic use disorders involving opioids, alcohol, nicotine, and other substances with abuse potential.
In October 2020, Compass Health of Kentucky opened the second location in Beaumont Centre, focused specifically on individual counseling and family therapy. CBH is a counseling office that focuses on a wide array of therapy services including anxiety, depression, stress management, relationship counseling, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use disorders, bipolar disorder, and family therapy.
Each location focuses on different specialties and has a team of trained and experienced clinicians who provide a wide range of mental health and addiction treatment services. As of 2021, Compass also now offers medication-assisted weight loss programs, as well as IV hydration and a surgical suite with small procedure capabilities. As difficult as 2020 was on so many, Compass hopes as the new year begins, that they will be able to provide the best mental health and addiction care for their patients possible.