$1 Million Grant for Behavioral Health Expansion for Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers
Wayne Memorial Community Health Centers (WMCHC) has been awarded a $1,000,000 Health Infrastructure Investment Grant from The Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Through this funding, WMCHC will expand the physical capacity of its Honesdale Behavioral Health Center, an outpatient treatment facility offering behavioral and mental health services to adults, adolescents and children, by nearly 4,500 square feet.
“We’re really pleased to have been selected for this award. There are 49 Federally Qualified Health centers in Pennsylvania and we were one of only four selected,” stated Jack Dennis, manager of grants and development for WMCHC and WMH. Dennis indicated that HRSA awarded these specific grants to health centers in 45 states through a competitive process. WMCHC’S award of $1,000,000 was for the maximum amount allowed per center.
The Honesdale Behavioral Health Center will remain at the Stourbridge Mall located at 600 Maple Avenue. However, by relocating from its current first floor office space occupying 3,000 square feet to a second floor space, totaling 7,486 square feet, the expansion will allow for the addition of two more behavioral health providers and eight more therapists. Additionally, the relocation will also make space for group meeting rooms, a pediatric treatment area and an administrative conference room.
The dire need for expanded behavioral health services in the region became apparent following the completion of a 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment for Wayne and Pike Counties and the Carbondale Area. The study, conducted by WMCHC and Wayne Memorial Hospital, along with 14 community partner organizations, identified mental/behavioral health and substance abuse as the highest unmet community health need of the top ten needs identified.
“Patients can wait six to12 months to see a mental health provider. Physical space is an obstacle in trying to ease this backlog in our center,” expressed Michael Campbell, MD, FAPA, FAAFP, DABAM, board certified psychiatrist and medical director of Behavioral Health, WMCHC. “The grant represents the first step in addressing that need.”
In 2015, WMCHC applied for funding from HRSA to help the health centers’ capacity to address the community need.
“It is hoped that the expansion of our Honesdale center will not only relieve the long wait times at that site, but also provide an option for patients from the Pike Behavioral Health location until another expansion at that site is economically feasible,” stated Frederick Jackson, executive director, WMCHC.
In addition to behavioral health, WMCHC offers primary care, women’s health and dental services as well as specialties including surgery, pulmonary, cardiology and neurology. WMCHC is a clinical affiliate of Wayne Memorial Health System, Inc. For more information on all services, visit www.wmh.org/WMCHC or call 570-253-8390.
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