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New Clinic To Serve Tri-County Mental Health Patients

The new Swope Health Maple Woods will provide medical services to more than 2,000 Tri-County Mental Health Services adult patients who also require primary medical care.

The clinic will officially open with a ribbon cutting hosted by the Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, April 13 at 4 p.m. in the Northland Human Services Building, 3100 NE 83rd Street, Suite 1001 Kansas City, MO 64119. Light refreshments and tours of the facility will be available.

Integrating primary medical care directly into a mental health center will ensure that clients experience a holistic continuum of care on-site in a timely manner. “Tri-County Mental Health is very pleased to partner with Swope Health Services to bring, directly on-site, an integration of primary care and behavioral health for adults we serve who have chronic health conditions that accompany mental health challenges,” said Tom Petrizzo, Chief Executive Officer of Tri-County Mental Health Services. “We believe SHS will greatly enhance access to primary care services and improve the overall health of our adult patients with serious mental illnesses.”

“We anticipate that this primary care clinic will serve as a model for others to help break down the barriers that have prevented mental health consumers from receiving appropriate and timely medical care,” said Mark Miller, Vice President of Swope Health Services (SHS) Behavioral Services.

Staff members of SHS and Tri-County expect the presence of an on-site clinic to reduce acute hospitalization, improve disease management and ensure availability of preventive care. “SHS is providing primary care assessments, medical examinations, and laboratory services. Referrals for dental care, medical procedures and specialists will be made, if needed,” said Kenneth Thomas, MD, SHS chief medical officer.

Swope Health Services is a federally qualified health clinic (FQHC) providing primary health care, dental and behavioral health services. Tri-County Mental Health Services, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit community mental health agency delivering behavioral health-care to individuals and families residing in Clay, Platte and Ray counties. Each year, Tri-County programs assist nearly 8,000 area residents while providing prevention services to over 40,000 individuals in concert with some 500 community volunteers. For further information, call (816) 468-0400 or visit www.tri-countymhs.org.

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