For immediate release Tuesday, June 27, 2006
GRANTS ENABLE PEOPLE’S COMMUNITY CLINIC TO BOLSTER CRITICAL BEHAVORIAL HEALTH SERVICES
AUSTIN, Texas – People’s Community Clinic today announced an expansion of the Clinic’s behavioral health initiative thanks to two recent grants from the St. David’s Community Health Foundation and the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. The clinic will receive $99,058 from the St. David’s Community Health Foundation in 2006 and $275,255 over the next three years from the Hogg Foundation; $88,786 for year one; $91,580 for year two; and $94,889 for year three (2006-2009).
In partnership with Austin Travis County Mental Health Mental Retardation Center (MHMR), People’s Community Clinic will implement an Integrated Health Care Initiative which will incorporate behavioral health services into the Clinic's primary health care model for adults. The Program will integrate primary health care providers and behavioral health experts – facilitating knowledge and information exchange and providing expanded behavioral health services to the Clinic’s patients.
The program is designed to achieve behavioral health intervention through a primary care model of service ensuring that patients are efficiently cared for and primary care providers feel confident with the services provided. The recent funding will enable the Clinic to provide 500 of their current adult patients with psychological screening annually, and 150 patients will receive counseling services and/or medication through this program the first year, and growing to 200 patients per year in the future.
“The need for this kind of comprehensive behavioral health care is considerable for Austin and the surrounding communities. Recent cuts have made finding and receiving quality care a major obstacle for individuals living with these conditions,” said Regina Rogoff, executive director, People’s Community Clinic. “This program, made possible by these two generous grants, will enable us to extend critical behavioral health services to under- and uninsured adults that otherwise would not have access to behavioral health care.”
“People's Community Clinic has a strong history of providing needed health care to uninsured citizens in Travis County, ” said Congressman Lloyd Doggett, a senior member of the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee who assisted the Clinic with its grant application. “Everyone deserves access to mental health care; it is not a luxury to be reserved for the few. This funding will bolster the Clinic’s mental health services and promote the overall well-being of Travis County residents. ”
According to the most recent ranking by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, Texas ranked 47th in the country for its per capita mental health funding in 2003. Also, in 2003, the Texas Legislature changed the requirements for people who can receive low-cost mental health treatment and cut $14 million from community mental health centers, which has created many challenges in providing access to psychiatric care.
About People's Community Clinic
People’s Community Clinic offers comprehensive, community-wide health care services that include family planning; prenatal care; pediatrics; adolescent medicine and adult medical care; as well as health education, prevention and social services. Founded in 1970, the Clinic is among the oldest and most successful independent clinics in the country providing high quality health care to thousands of uninsured and medically underserved children and adults each year.
For more information
MEDIA CONTACT: Amelia Folkes
Fleishman-Hillard Austin (on behalf of People’s Community Clinic)
2909 North IH-35
Austin, TX 78722-2304