Providing you with tools & assistance for a better quality of Life! Serving Defiance, Fulton, Henry & Williams Counties since 1960.

Maumee Valley Guidance Center

Welcome to the Maumee Valley Guidance Center website. This website is for informational use only. If you are currently experiencing a mental health crisis, please contact the crisis hotline at 1-800-468-4357, call 911, or go to the emergency room.

Maumee Valley Guidance Center is a Behavioral Healthcare Center serving adults, children, adolescents & families for over 55 years. We are here to meet the diverse needs of our community. We strive to meet those needs by delivering client centered services professionally, positively, and ethically. Our mission is to provide the tools & assistance needed for individuals to enhance their quality of life on a day-to-day basis.

Experiencing feelings of anxiety or depression is common in times of uncertainty. The COVID-19 pandemic qualifies as such a time. 

Help is Available 24/7

Local Crisis Helpline: 800-468-4357

Ohio CareLine: 800-720-9616

Crisis Text Line: 4hope to 741741

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255

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We Help with Life's Difficulties

  • Depression
  • Mood Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Anxiety & Panic Disorders
  • Trauma or Stress Related Issues
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Alcohol & other Drug
  • Addiction Problems
  • Family Conflict
  • Child & Adolescent Problems
  • Problems Associated with Aging
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Severe Mental Disabilities
  • Anger Issues

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Mental Health First Aid

FREE Mental Health First Aid Trainings Being Offered
You can help make a difference!
Sign-Up for a class today!

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour, evidence-based program that teaches people to identify, understand, and respond to signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges. Participants learn how to reach out and have a conversation to support someone who may be experiencing a mental health challenge, and learn what resources are available to our communities. Maumee Valley Guidance Center offers both the adult and youth models. To find out more information or to register for an upcoming class, contact BJ Horner by calling 800-569-3980 or email at Interested in brining Mental Health First Aid to your business, church, school,  or organization? Contact BJ Horner.

Maumee Valley Guidance Center is proud to provide this valuable, well-received program to the communities of Defiance, Fulton, Henry, and Williams Counties. A special thank you to the Four County ADAMHs Board, United Way of Defiance County, United Way of Williams County, NAMI Four County, and Ohio Means Jobs Fulton County for the funding and support, allowing those living or working in the Four County area to participate at no cost.

2020 OACBHA Award

BJ Horner announced as the 2020 OACBHA Advocate of the Year 
Award received by the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities

The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities has selected BJ Horner as this year’s Advocate of the Year award. BJ is an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist, providing prevention programming to the Four County area. BJ has provided the Signs of Suicide program to over 1,700 students in 2020 alone. She has trained more than 1,000 people through the Mental Health First Aid program since 2015. BJ is a fantastic public speaker and has given many presentations on mental health awareness and suicide prevention. She is an active member of the Four County LOSS (Local Outreach to Survivors of Suicide) and the Four County Suicide Prevention Coalition. She also actively works with NAMI Four County. BJ is an asset to Maumee Valley Guidance Center and shows commitment and compassion to her work. Please join us in congratulating her on the 2020 ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR AWARD. Well Done!

Signs of Suicide

Nearly 2,000 Students Educated through SOS Program
15 School Districts Participated during the 2020-2021 School Year  
Acknowledge. Care. Tell.

The 2020-2021 school year was full of challenges. Even during the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic, 15 local schools districts participated in the Signs of Suicide Program, allowing for nearly 2,000 students to become educated through the program. The Signs of Suicide Program is an evidence-based program that teaches middle and high school students how to ACT: Acknowledge, Care, Tell. Students learn signs and symptoms of depression, warning signs of suicide and how to reach out to a trusted adult. Students are also given the opportunity to participate in the Brief Screening for Adolescent Depression to identify possible warning signs and be provided with resources.

For more information, contact Karen VonDeylen at 419-785-3835 or