Will Streamline, Enhance Intake Process for New Counseling Clients
Kay Powers, MSW, APSW, has been named to the new intake specialist role at Samaritan. Powers meets with new clients to help ease longer wait times for treatment, learns their history and symptoms, completes initial mental health diagnoses and documentation, and matches clients to her therapist colleagues. The position is funded by a grant from United Way Fox Cities and an Outagamie County Behavioral Health Care Grant funded by the American Rescue Plan (ARPA).
Powers completed her internship at Samaritan in 2019 and returned as a resident in 2021. She earned her master’s degree in social work from UW-Madison and has 10 years of experience serving youth and families in Child Protective Services and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Oshkosh & Fox Cities-Home Base Program for runaway and homeless youth. She retains a parttime caseload in addition to her intake specialist role.
Samaritan is a non-profit provider of spiritually integrated mental health care to individuals and families across Northeast Wisconsin. First established in 1970 and now accredited by the Solihten Institute, Samaritan’s professional therapists and counselors specialize in integrating faith, spirituality, and cultural values in psychotherapy. Children and adults need not have a faith or spirituality practice to seek care at Samaritan for their depression, anxiety, grief, adjustments, and other struggles. Samaritan is a certified outpatient alcohol and substance abuse facility. Centro Esperanza is Samaritan’s Spanish language counseling service, and its Mental Health Ministry Initiative supports clergy and members of faith communities in their encounters with people experiencing mental illness.
Samaritan is also home to the Samaritan Wellness Screen Program, the on-site mental health screening system for school-age youth that operates in 14 Wisconsin school districts across 54 sites. THRIVE Calumet features both screening and on-site counseling services to students, families, and staff in five Calumet County school districts. Samaritan launched Candid™ in 2022 to make its youth screening tool available to mental health providers and schools across the USA.
Samaritan moved into its newly constructed counseling center at 1205 Province Terrace in Menasha in June 2022 and also has locations in Kaukauna, Oshkosh, and New London. Learn more at samaritanfoxvalley.com. Sign up for Samaritan’s monthly e-newsletter here