Muskingum Behavioral Health remains open, taking precautions

COVID-19 Local News

ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Despite closures throughout the area due to the Coronavirus outbreak, one local organization remains open to those battling addiction.

Chief Executive Officer of Muskingum Behavioral Health Steve Carrel spoke with WHIZ about the importance of offering their services to the community.

“The drug dealers are out there. They’re selling their dope. They’re not closed down and the governor can’t order it because it’s an illegal enterprise. But our clients need our services. Just because, you know, things are closed doesn’t mean that addiction stops. Doesn’t mean anything’s changed for the people that we’re seeing.”

He says the office will be taking extra precautions like separating chairs in the waiting room and group sessions and extra cleaning. Clients will also be able to speak with counselors by phone and video calls.

“We’re ramping up Telehealth. Four clients who don’t want to come out of their homes or don’t want to come to treatment. For whatever reason — because they’re sick, they have a fever, they’ve got the cough or just because they don’t feel comfortable going out in public, by this afternoon, we’re gonna have TeleHealth set up.”

For the latest information on the facility, you can visit the facility’s Facebook page.

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