JAMHI Health & Wellness Announces Opening of Midtown Clinic

New Clinic Offers Primary Care to All, Regardless of Ability to Pay

 

JuneauJAMHI Health and Wellness is proud to announce the grand opening of the Midtown Clinic on Friday, June 22 at 11:30 am.  The new clinic, located in the Housing First building in Lemon Creek, is open five days a week to anyone, regardless of insurance coverage or ability to pay.  The clinic is the next step in JAMHI Health and Wellness’s transition into a comprehensive health provider for all residents of Juneau.

Open House

To celebrate the opening of the new clinic there will be an open house on Friday, June 22 at 11:30 am.  The event will feature complimentary BBQ, prizes, tours of the clinic and the ability to meet the medical staff at the new facility.  Prospective patients and community partners are invited to celebrate the opening and learn more about the new services.

New Services

The Midtown Clinic is a part of JAMHI Health and Wellness’s ongoing effort to provide whole health care to everyone in the community, regardless of their ability to afford services.  “There are hundreds of people in our community who are unable to access basic primary care.  With this new clinic, everyone in Juneau, from toddlers to seniors, can walk in, set up an appointment and see a provider, often in the same day.  There is no requirement for people to be an existing JAMHI client or to receive mental health services.  Individuals can receive just primary care from JAMHI at this new clinic” says CEO Dave Branding.

 

Clinic Information

1944 Allen Court (in the Housing First Building)

8am-4:30 pm, Monday – Friday

907.463.3303

https://jamhihealthandwellness.org/jamhi-primary-care-medical-services

Open House Information

Friday, June 22.  11:30am-2pm

1944 Allen Court (in the parking lot)

Food & Prizes

The event will be held rain or shine

For More Information:

Doug Harris

Chief Integration Officer

Dough@JAMHI.org

907.500.2415

Nonprofits merge to combine mental health, addiction treatments


Nonprofits merge to combine mental health, addiction treatments

Organizations aim to serve wide range of clients in more convenient fashion

Grants Administrator Linda Landvik, right, and Chief Integrated Services Officer Doug Harris, talk about the recent merging of JAMHI and NCADD (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence) Juneau to make access to both organizations’ services more convenient for the community. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

The timing was just right.

Those at the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) Juneau had been looking to partner with another agency to expand and diversify its services. Those at the Juneau Alliance for Mental Health, Inc. (JAMHI) were looking to fill gaps in what they offered to the community.

When NCADD’s executive director left for another job in May 2017, Linda Landvik took over as interim executive director. Landvik said conversations started around then with JAMHI about how the two entities could combine services to serve more of Juneau.

“All the circumstances came together so that it worked out that this was the right time to make the move, so we just decided to go with it,” Landvik said. “Everything aligned and everything was in the right place. It was a good time for us to do that, to rethink how we wanted to continue as an organization.”

Just months later, a partnership was formed. The two officially merged in January, going by the name JAMHI Health and Wellness, Inc. Dave Branding, the organization’s CEO, said JAMHI had already taken steps to serve more people but this merger takes it to a different level.

For about 30 years, Branding said, JAMHI has provided services for those struggling with mental health. Among other services, it offers emergency mental health services, clinical assessments, therapy sessions, group classes and housing through community partnerships. NCADD has been in Juneau since 1965, offering similar services but with a focus on substance abuse treatment.

Now, those in need of mental health care and substance abuse treatment can go to the same organization. It makes referrals and treatment easier, Chief Integrated Services Officer Doug Harris said.

“I really saw chemical dependency specific services as one of the areas that JAMHI could beef up,” Harris said. “We’ve integrated primary care, so we’ve got that taken care of, so with the merger underway we have since brought on staff specific for chemical dependency services.”

This is not the first partnership JAMHI has made in recent years. The organization partnered with the Housing First Collaborative to build a clinic in the Housing First facility in the Lemon Creek area. Initially, that clinic was only serving the residents at Housing First — which houses 32 people who were either living on the street or in dire need of a safe place to live.

Since the beginning of January, that clinic has also been open to the public. It provides service on a sliding pay scale, Harris said, meaning that payment is catered to each client depending on whether they have insurance or how much they can afford to pay. Through this, Harris hopes the clinic can serve a wide range of clients.

The clinic currently features three exam rooms and will soon have a medication coordinator to help people obtain the medication they need. It will also soon offer dental care. The clinic, located at 1944 Allen Ct., is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Another population the merger might benefit is recently released inmates. NCADD offers re-entry and recovery support coaching and programming. JAMHI offers case management services, help with housing and medication assistance. Together, Landvik said, the two organizations can make the difficult process of leaving prison a little easier.

“To have such a bigger variety of services just is incredible,” Landvik said. “We don’t have to search around to try and find those things. They’re under one roof. It works so much better.”


• Contact reporter Alex McCarthy at 523-2271 or alex.mccarthy@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at @akmccarthy.

JAMHI Announces Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration

PRESS RELEASE

JAMHI Announces Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration

August 19, 2015

JUNEAU – Juneau Alliance for Mental Health, Inc., (JAMHI) announced today that it has been awarded a four-year federal grant to provide integrated services through the co-location of primary care medical services and behavioral health care at their community behavioral health center on Glacier Highway. “Funded by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the program’s objective is to support the triple aim of improving the health of individuals with serious mental illness and those with co-occurring disorders, enhancing their experience of care, and reducing/controlling the per capita cost of care”, said Pam Watts, JAMHI Executive Director. The project is slated to begin October 1.

“We have long known that people with serious mental illness experience a higher incidence of diabetes, hypertension, obesity, high cholesterol and other health problems than do others, and now we have an opportunity to turn the tide,” said Watts. These conditions and increased mortality can be attributed to a number of issues including inadequate physical activity and poor nutrition, smoking, side effects of medications, and lack of access to health care services.

Many of these health conditions are preventable through routine health promotion activities, primary care screening, monitoring, treatment and care management/coordination and other outreach programs. JAMHI will expand their Evidence Based Practices to include medical care, physical health, prevention, and wellness interventions. Additions to their staff will include a primary care provider, wellness coordinator, peer support specialist, and nurse care coordinator.

Now in its thirtieth year of operation, JAMHI has long been recognized statewide as a progressive leader in the behavioral health field for individually tailored services, high quality care, same-day access to services, tele-behavioral health service delivery to rural communities and other innovations.

JAMHI looks forward to expanding their behavioral health services to include primary care and wellness to help persons served achieve their healthcare goals.