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Mental health services outlined

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By Bj Lewis

MHMR plans meeting to spread the word about local resources

An upcoming meeting will cover mental health services available in the area and how to access them.

Denton County MHMR Center officials will offer an informational meeting for the public from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Denton’s North Branch Library, 3020 N. Locust St.

Phyllis Finley, who works in crisis training and community outreach for the agency, will lead the meeting.

“This will be instrumental in helping the community at large to understand new services and the support open to them — and maybe old ones they did not know before,” Finley said. “They could point loved ones or people they know in our direction. It’s surprising how many people know we don’t exist.”

Finley said the agency has a few new services funded by Section 1115 Medicaid Waiver funds from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services that will be discussed as well.

The 1115 Medicaid Waiver, started in 2011, focuses on increasing access to care for Medicaid-eligible populations in health care and behavioral health care across the state, in an effort to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and costly emergency room visits.

Services provided by Denton County MHMR include a new psychiatric triage and integrated health care clinic.

Officials will have an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday for the official grand-opening of the facility, at 2509 Scripture St.

The Psychiatric Triage Facility opened March 31 and has reportedly served more than 100 clients to date.

The second service is the The Center for Integrated Health, which opened May 27 and has seen 12 clients to date. Individuals who have co-morbid chronic health conditions, mental illness, and/or substance abuse disorders are able to receive treatment from a primary care physician and behavioral health care.

In August, Denton County MHMR will open a Crisis Residential Unit. With it, officials say the center can serve individuals in a less restrictive, more appropriate treatment setting by providing constant monitoring and at least four hours of intensive skills training daily, without the cost of hospitalization.

Residents in the program will be taught to access resources and given life skills to increase their likelihood of success once they are discharged from services.

“The meeting is an opportunity for people to know what is available in their community to support them,” Finley said.

BJ LEWIS can be reached at 940-566-6875 and via Twitter at @BjlewisDRC.