The Link Hotline
The Link was formed on June 23, 1975, through the merger of Crisis Phone and Karma. Crisis Phone was a clergy-organized and clergy-operated volunteer movement of United Christian Fellowship (UCF). What started as a rumor control center after the National Guard shooting at Kent State University on May 4, 1970, became a general 24-hour crisis hotline. The volunteers at the rumor control center quickly found that their callers needed more than factual information about the problems on college campuses; they had emotional needs, too. Thus, Crisis Phone became a 24-hour suicide and information/referral hotline. Karma, which was housed at 525 Pike street, was founded in 1971 in response to a need for drug education and short-term chemical dependency counseling.
Over the next twenty years, The Link evolved into a social service agency. The Center for Human Services of Wood County was the corporate name of The Link. The Link included the hotline, information and referral, a victims advocacy program, a resource specialist, a speaker’s bureau, and eventually, a therapist. On October 1, 1996, The Link merged with The Wood County Mental Health Center and the Wood County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse to become Behavioral Connections of Wood County, Inc. The Link is now a program of Behavioral Connections specializing in providing information, referrals, crisis intervention, and basic needs assistance. Our building is located at 1022 North Prospect Street. The Link Hotline has continued to see a steady increase in client contacts over the last several years and should continue in its growth as it partners with the United Way and First Call for Help to provide 211 services to Wood County.
Molly Whelan, LSW, has worked for Behavioral Connections since 2001. Molly began as a hotline clinician and is now the Link Coordinator. She received her Bachelor's degree from Bowling Green State University and has been a licensed social worker since the year 2000.