Community Assisted Supported Employment – C.A.S.E.

CASE operates with the belief that anyone with a disability or barrier to employment is capable of working competitively in their community, as long as they have the desire and they’re provided with the tools needed to help them find, secure and keep a job.

Goals of CASE

  • To improve the quality of life of individuals through vocational and employment opportunities.
  • To assist individuals with obtaining, gainful, competitive employment, integrated in their community.
  • To provide the supports necessary, through supported employment, job coaching and benefits education, to ensure all placements are able successfully maintain their individualized job goal.

Meet the Team

Kelsey Balzano

Kelsey Balzano

Employment Specialist

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” -Dr. Seuss

Kelsey attended the University of Southern Indiana where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Services. She works at the Community Mental Health Center, INC (CMHC) in Lawrenceburg, IN as an Employment Specialist promoting the Ticket –to-Work program, she describes her role in this position best as “helping those who have a difficult time finding employment of their own.” She says she can’t start the day without a large cup of coffee. She is able to assist in job searching, resume and cover letter building, interview preparation, job accommodations, job retention, and one skill she find extremely important is encouragement. Her favorite part about working for CMHC is seeing others willingness to help, she said it motivates her to be a better individual every day. While working for CMCHC she would like to put to end the stigma of mental health, mental health is just as important as physical health. Kelsey believes her strong values in honesty, commitment, dedication, knowledge; along with her easy -going personality with help her succeed. When she is not working, she enjoys spending her time reading, traveling, and hiking with her family & two dogs.


Kathleen (Katie) McCartney
Kathleen (Katie) McCartney
Team Leader

“To make a difference in someone’s life you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful, or perfect. You just have to care.”-Mandy Hale

Katie is the Team Leader of the CASE team at the Community Mental Health Center, INC. She joined the team in March of 2016. Katie has over 15 years of experience working in human resources and staffing. Her Human Resources/Staffing experience has given her a better understanding on how to prepare her clients during the hiring process. She is able to assist in job search, resume and cover letter building, interview preparation, job accommodations, and job retention. Katie’s favorite part of her job is being a cheerleader for her clients. When she is not working, she enjoys spending her time fishing, camping, and hanging out with her family.

Kristen Woliung

Kristen Woliung

Administrative Assistant

“It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be”- Albus Dumbledore

Kristen is the Administrative Assistant for the CASE team at Community Mental Health Center, INC (CMHC) in Lawrenceburg, IN. She went to school in Cincinnati Ohio but moved to Lawrenceburg, IN ten years ago. She describes her role in this position as “behind the scenes” for our Employment Specialists. She keeps up with all administrative tasks, answering phone calls and inquiries about the program, helping to problem solve with the team, and keep up with community resources. She enjoys speaking with the clients and getting to know them on a personal level as they go through the program. While working for CMHC she would like to see more focus on mental health for all people and show that it is just as important to your overall well-being. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her wife and their twins.

Bridget Bascom-Hinkle, MSW, LCSW

Bridget Bascom-Hinkle, MSW, LCSW

Program Director

“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking your potential.” – Winston Churchill

Bridget has over 25 years of combined experience in mental health and substance use disorders and treatment as well as supported employment services. She earned her Masters Degree from the University of Cincinnati and her Bachelors of Arts degrees at Franklin College. During her time at the Community Mental Health Center (CMHC), she has worn many hats and continues to strive to improve programs and services that will benefit everyone who walks in our door. Her passion and motivation comes from seeing and hearing reported successes in the lives of those we work with each and every day. “This is why I do what I do. There is no greater motivation to helping others realize their goals, dreams and personal happiness.” She is responsible for program development and oversight. Her leadership has helped the Community Assisted Supported Employment (CASE) to expand services including Ticket to Work over the past five years. In her spare time, she loves to stay busy traveling, reading and enjoying the outdoors with her family and dogs.