GRANT PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
West Liberty University Foundation
In 2021, the SSJHWF saw a unique opportunity to partner with West Liberty University’s Behavioral Health and Speech and Audiology Department to help with their build-out of a community clinic located at Campbell Hall on the university’s campus. Similar to WLU’s longstanding, successful dental hygiene clinic, the new clinic would be used to create a two-prong approach--provide considerably subsidized and needed services to the community while also training students through experiential learning to grow them into skilled providers that will eventually practice within the state. The Behavioral Health Clinic supports the new Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and the greater community. The clinic will provide low-cost, non-emergency, individual and group psychotherapy and psychological assessment services to children, adolescents, and adults in the community.
The services are performed by advanced graduate students under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. The Speech and Hearing Clinic supports the new Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology, undergraduate Speech Pathology and Audiology students, and the greater community. Clinical services include comprehensive hearing assessments, speech and language diagnostics, and treatment options for patients of all ages. They also serve as the Ohio Valley's only central auditory processing disorder clinic. A highly subsidized, flat fee is offered for all services. If a client can't pay, the clinic works with them no matter what. This is in addition to their services provided to schools in Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, and Wetzel Counties, as well as childcare centers and juvenile congregate care facilities. To help more with the ever-present need for pediatric audiology services, they hired a new staff member to provide two supervisory audiologists for students to cover more children's services. This Fall, SSJHWF is recommending a grant to help purchase pediatric audiology equipment that will help them service younger patients between 12 months-5 years old.