Since opening in January, Psychological Well being America of Central Carolina’s free psychological well being clinic in east Charlotte has handled 53 individuals.
The middle opened in January 2023 and has objectives to supply remedy providers to minority communities and folks with out medical insurance.
individuals can self-refer, be referred by different organizations and even stroll in to obtain therapy.
“We do not need price to be a barrier,” stated Kathy Rogers, MHACC’s government director.
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Rogers stated the clinic helps purchasers “with an lack of ability to pay,” particularly those that are uninsured and underinsured.
“We all know entry to care, significantly in communities of colour, is a matter, and sometimes the price is a barrier,” Rogers stated. “We consider everybody ought to have entry to psychological healthcare.”
The middle provides free short-term counseling, and entry to connections for meals, housing and employment sources.
The middle is open Monday by Thursday from 9 am to 4 pm for in-person or digital periods, for free of charge, to residents ages eight and up throughout Cabarrus and Mecklenburg counties..
The free heart is at the moment staffed with graduate college students from Johnson C. Smith College and UNC Charlotte beneath the supervision of scientific director Megan Bryant.
“Creating this counseling heart gives college students the chance to study and observe beneath scientific supervision and obtain scientific expertise by a significant internship,” Rogers stated. “As well as, it is a chance for us to assist enhance the pipeline of colour therapists by internship alternatives.”
One downside, Rogers stated, of working with college students is that the middle just isn’t in a position to present therapy for extra extreme instances.
“We’re actually not in a position to take advanced or extreme psychological well being instances,” Rogers stated.
This system is supported by Mecklenburg County’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.
The middle is situated at 3701 Latrobe Drive, Suite 140.