Free clinic offering counseling



ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Free Medical Clinic has expanded its services to include social work and mental health counseling thanks to two grants received in 2021.

PHOTO COURTESY OF ELLSWORTH FREE MEDICAL CLINIC

The first, from the Maine Community Foundation, sought to assist patients with the challenges of health-related issues from the COVID pandemic. The goal is to increase individual resilience in the face of mounting trials by identifying potential resources to improve patients’ situations. To support that effort, the clinic has hired licensed clinical social worker Dede Ragot.

Ragot has over 30 years of social work experience with individuals and groups in a variety of settings. She has provided direct clinical services as well as program development, management and supervision. Her clinical experience includes individual and family therapy, case management and medical social work.

The second grant was from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation. The two-year grant provides resources to initiate mental health counseling services for patients.

“There are limited sources in the community to provide this very necessary component to be an adjunct to pharmacological intervention,” according to an announcement from the clinic.

Ragot works closely with the clinic’s medical director, Brant Viner, MD, and part-time psychiatric consultant, Roger Wilson, MD, to manage this growing program.

The clinic serves uninsured and underinsured community members.

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