Published on February 19, 2019

Firelands Counseling & Recovery Vocational Rehabilitation Services awarded first overall in best practices

(February 19, 2019 – Sandusky) Mental Health Corporations of America (MHCA) has awarded Firelands Regional Medical Center’s Counseling & Recovery Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) services first overall in best practices, nationwide, for 2018. MHCA is a national association of innovative, entrepreneurial behavioral healthcare organizations.

Using evidence-based data from over 13 years of customer satisfaction survey results from behavioral health providers across the U.S., MHCA compares organizations treating similar populations and provides them with statistically valid benchmark data. This national data is used for comparative reporting, trend analysis, and for recognizing organizations which attain the highest satisfaction levels each year in relevant categories/populations. This is the second time Firelands’ has received this award, the first was in 2016.

Firelands Counseling & Recovery Vocational Rehabilitation Services is a job readiness and placement program for consumers who have a mental health and/or an alcohol or drug addiction diagnosis, and are in need of assistance in finding employment. Consumers will be taught work readiness and soft employment skills needed to be successful in today’s job market. Firelands started VR services in 2011 with support from State and local funds. The program was developed in order to tailor services for persons with behavioral health disorders. The program grew in 2014 when Firelands acquired the Giving Tree, who also had an established VR program. VR services continue today through state funding, grant funds, and with support from The Mental Health and Recovery Board of Erie & Ottawa Counties, The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties; and The Huron County Board of Mental Health & Addiction Services.

Firelands partners with local businesses to identify their employments needs with the employment goals of clients served. If you are an area business interest in partnering, or if you or a loved one have a behavioral health disorder and would like more information, inquiries can be directed to the program supervisors Diane Moyer at 419-557-5090 or Sheena Lutz at 419-557-5089.

About Firelands Regional Medical Center

Firelands Regional Medical Center is home to some of the nation’s best physicians and is one of the top-rated hospitals in the state. Firelands is one of only two hospitals in Ohio to receive both Healthgrades® America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery™ and America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery™ in 2018. Firelands is also the only hospital in our 4-county service area to achieve both the America’s 100 Best for Orthopedic Surgery™ and Spine Surgery™ in 2018. The medical center is also the recipient of the Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ and named among the top 10 percent in the nation for patient safety in 2017. Firelands is accredited in heart failure and is an American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus Receiving Hospital, as well as a Certified Chest Pain Center. The health system is a Verified Level III Trauma Center, a Certified Primary Stroke Center, and is the area’s only Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services is one of the largest hospital based behavioral health and substance abuse programs in the state of Ohio. To learn more about our quality achievements, please visit       

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