Four-County Mental Health to Move Counseling Center

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The Four-County Mental Health Association will move its counseling center from St. Charles to Wentzville next year - a move that association officials think will mean better service to clients.

Wentzville officials welcome the move as a boost to their economy. The Board of Aldermen unanimously approved a resolution last week supporting the association's intent to issue bonds to construct the new building.

The St. Charles County Industrial Development Authority is expected to review the association's request to issue bonds at a meeting next week.

Jan Lewien, community relations director for the association, said Four County had selected Wentzville to serve clients better. The association has a center in Franklin County, but clients in western St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren counties have to travel to St. Charles for counseling and other services, she says.

"Having a center in Wentzville will also help us to be closer to those people," said Lewien. "We are in a position that we need to make a change. We need to get farther out in the county."

Lewien said the association had closed its Warrenton and Troy counseling centers after changes in the distribution of state money resulted in less support for those offices.

In addition, proposals for tax increases to provide more money for mental-health programs failed in all four counties last year.

Because the association could not afford to reopen the offices in Troy and Warrenton, the board decided to move the St. …

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