JACKSONVILLE, FL— January 2, 2019 -- Mental Health Resource Center (MHRC) has received the first grant from the newly-formed The Partnership for Mental Health to help open a Comprehensive Services Center to serve Jacksonville’s Southside and the Beaches. The $161,000 grant will cover one-half the cost of transforming a section of the existing MHRC South facility at 11820 Beach Boulevard into an outpatient Comprehensive Services Center (CSC) which will provide walk-in services to patients. The rest of the cost of remodeling will come from MHRC and other donations. The MHRC South CSC is scheduled to open in May 2019.
This will be MHRC’s second Comprehensive Services Center— the first one, on Jacksonville’s Northside, opened in February 2017. Like the original CSC, the Southside location is expected to provide a wide array of outpatient services for adults, including: mental health screening, assessment and therapy; substance abuse screening, assessment and therapy; psychiatric evaluations; medication management; care coordination; and assistance with obtaining benefits, such as Social Security Income, Social Security Disability Income, Medicaid, food stamps and housing.
“We are very grateful to Delores Barr Weaver and The Partnership for Mental Health for their support,” said Dr. Robert Sommers, MHRC President/CEO. “Studies show that it is often difficult for people to access mental health services, and that long wait times for appointments result in people not following through with getting treatment. The CSC removes these barriers by offering services on a walk-in basis, as well as by appointment. By offering walk-in services, the MHRC CSC can serve individuals that same day, resulting in better care and greater client satisfaction.”
“The whole idea of The Partnership for Mental Health is to expand access to these critical services,” noted Delores Barr Weaver. “By opening the doors for walk-in patients on the Southside, the Mental Health Resource Center will greatly enhance Northeast Florida’s access to care in a timely, responsive manner. Further, this model provides other necessary supports that address barriers to wellness.”
From its inception in February 2017 through October 2018, the MHRC North CSC has provided services on a walk-in basis 4,310 times, and provided 20,515 outpatient services appointments. These appointments include psychiatric evaluations, counseling sessions and office visits for medication management. On November 7, 2018, twenty-three individuals walked into the CSC to request services, a new CSC single-day record.
“The North CSC has met a critical need of immediate access to care since opening last year,” noted Audrey Moran, Executive Vice President, Baptist Health, and President, Baptist Health Foundation. “We are delighted to assist the Mental Health Resource Center in geographically expanding services and strengthening the system of mental health care for Northeast Floridians.”
The CSC project exemplifies MHRC’s efforts to partner with other community agencies to offer comprehensive services in the most accessible, effective manner. MHRC contracts with Gateway Community Services for the provision of substance abuse and peer recovery services. MHRC also contracts with Mental Health America of Northeast Florida for the provision of SOAR processors, who are experts in helping eligible individuals apply for and obtain Social Security Income and Social Security Disability Income. The Department of Children and Families Automated Community Connection to Economic Self Sufficiency (ACCESS) program also provides on-site help at the CSC for individuals applying for Food Assistance, Cash or Medicaid.
The MHRC North CSC offers walk-in outpatient services Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with extended hours to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. The North CSC is located at 3333 West 20th Street, Jacksonville, and can be contacted at: 904-695-9145.
The MHRC North facility and the MHRC South facility (11820 Beach Boulevard; 904-642-9100) offer emergency and inpatient mental health services 24 hours every day.
About The Partnership for Mental Health The Partnership for Mental Health is a project of Baptist Health and the Delores Barr Weaver Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. The intention of this innovative project, recommended by Delores Barr Weaver to encourage joint learning and grantmaking, is to make strategic grants to strengthen and improve access to the system that provides mental and behavioral health care for all citizens of Northeast Florida. The fund will consider proposals made by 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations throughout the year that address direct service, advocacy, awareness, training, and more. For more information about The Partnership for Mental Health, see https://www.jaxcf.org/receive/how-to-apply#partnershipmentalhealth.com