Cross­roads Com­mu­nity com­pletes ren­o­va­tions

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — New begin­nings and a task suc­cess­fully com­pleted, af­ter many years of hard work, were rec­og­nized on Thurs­day, Oct. 5, at Cross­roads Com­mu­nity in Cen­tre­ville as a new flag was raised on a new flag pole.

Cross­roads Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor John Plaskon said ren­o­va­tions have been com­pleted to the build­ing — needed for their na­tional ac­cred­i­ta­tion — and as part of that process, it was a nat­u­ral step to erect a new flag­pole. It oc­curred to Cross­roads, said Plaskon, that it was only fit­ting to have Richard Gland­ing, a Cross­roads Com­mu­nity con­sumer who suc­cess­fully ap­pealed to the Board of Di­rec­tors to in­stall the first flag pole and fly the Amer­i­can flag at the Cen­tre­ville lo­ca­tion, back in 1998, raise the flag on the new pole for the first time.

When the first pole was in­stalled in 1998, Gland­ing per­son­ally dug the hole for the pole, but when the time to raise the flag, he told staff that he couldn’t do it. Gland­ing said he felt he wasn’t wor­thy and de­ferred “to some­one more im­por­tant than I am” to raise the flag. Gland­ing had in­ter­nal­ized the stigma of his men­tal health di­ag­no­sis, and it deeply af­fected his self­worth, said Suzanne Straub, re­source de­vel­op­ment co­or­di­na­tor at Cross­roads.

Gland­ing started with Cross­roads in 1987 and was suc­cess­fully dis­charged from ser­vice in 2009. Straub said be­fore Gland­ing said good-bye to Cross­roads re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion staff, he was awarded the most pres­ti­gious con­sumer award: Con­sumer of the Year. He was very sur­prised by the recog­ni­tion, said Straub, as the award name im­plies the re­cip­i­ent is an in­di­vid­ual who stands out in their re­cov­ery jour­ney, dis­play­ing qual­i­ties of a leader over the pre­vi­ous year; Gland­ing de­served to be hon­ored as a sym­bol of the tri­umph of hard work.

At 57, Gland­ing still lives on the fam­ily farm in Milling­ton and, when called upon, works for Cross­roads as a driver. He cred­its the ded­i­ca­tion of the Cross­roads’ re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion staff for help­ing him nav­i­gate and re­main on his re­cov­ery jour­ney.

The Cross­road’s or­ga­ni­za­tion was ini­tially charged with pro­vid­ing psy­choso­cial re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vices to adults with se­ri­ous and per­sis­tent men­tal ill­ness who re­side in Kent and Queen Anne’s coun­ties. Over the past 31 years, Cross­roads has grown to pro­vide a full ar­ray of psy­chi­atric re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vices to adults and chil­dren and case man­age­ment ser­vices to adults through­out five Mid-Shore coun­ties. And in 2009, Cross­roads ex­panded to pro­vide clin­i­cal out­pa­tient ser vices through its clinic, Cor­sica River Men­tal Health Ser­vices.

Gland­ing is re­turn­ing to Cross­roads briefly to fin­ish a job, said Plaskon, clos­ing the loop on a project he first started. It was fit­ting the flag be raised dur­ing Men­tal Ill­ness Aware­ness Week, Oct. 1-7, said Plaskon.

The Amer­i­can flag, now flown at Cross­roads Com­mu­nity in Cen­tre­ville, was pro­vided by state Del­e­gate Steve Arentz and flew over the An­napo­lis State House on July 4 of this year. Arentz, Town Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Tim McCluskey and Town Man­ager Steve Walls all at­tended the re-ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony.

“[The cer­e­mony] is just one step in de­feat­ing any stigma as­so­ci­ated with men­tal ill­ness,” said Plaskon.

Richard Gland­ing, Milling­ton, raises a flag on the new flag pole at Cross­roads Com­mu­nity in Cen­tre­ville.

From left, Cross­road Com­mu­nity Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor John Plaskon, Richard Gland­ing, Del. Steve Arentz and Cen­tre­ville Town Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Tim McCluskey.

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