Agency offers trauma, mental health needs for those affected by Memorial Day tornadoes

DAYTON — Montgomery County, in partnership with the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services, will continue to operate a Family Assistance Center this week to assist those who have been traumatized by the tornadoes that swept through the Miami Valley on Memorial Day.

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Through an innovative model, the center will offer access to one-on-one intervention services to assist with trauma and mental health needs for those affected by the unfortunate disaster.

Trained specialists will help to identify their needs and make referrals to appropriate services.

The Center, located at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints at 1500 Shiloh Springs Road, will run today until Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Set up as a “one-stop” location, several other agencies will be present for those who were impacted.

They include: Public Health Dayton Montgomery County providing cribs, immunizations, and birth certificates; Montgomery County Job & Family Services (Monday & Thursday only); the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, the American Red Cross; St. Vincent DePaul and 211 United Way.

Additionally, today and tomorrow, a free RTA shuttle will run every half hour from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. between the Family Assistance Center, agencies located at the Salem Mall parking lot, and the Salvation Army's Dayton Kroc Center.

At the Dayton Kroc Center, which is located at 1000 N. Keowee Street, people can apply for services, if eligible, from St. Vincent DePaul, Good Neighbor House, and obtain Salvation Army emergency vouchers for clothing and other household goods.

The hours of operation will be from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The National Weather Service has confirmed that 15 tornadoes touched down on Memorial Day evening and into the next day, the largest one hitting Trotwood-Brookville-Riverside and Dayton.

Schools, homes and businesses have been damaged or destroyed, tens of thousands were without power, and emergency shelters and various distribution locations have been opened to aid those in need.

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