Open to all, new clinic at Housing First gaining patients


Open to all, new clinic at Housing First gaining patients

With insurance or not, fees at community clinic are on a sliding scale, CEO says

Dave Branding, CEO of JAMHI Health & Wellness, Inc., greets Angelina Lundy during an open house at JAMHI’s Midtown Clinic located at the House First Project on Friday, June 22, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

The Juneau Alliance for Mental Health Inc. recently added the phrase “Health and Wellness” to their name.

It’s not a distinction without a difference, said CEO Dave Branding on Friday. The additional words signal a change in philosophy. With the opening of their new Midtown Clinic, JAMHI Health and Wellness has added full-service primary care medicine to its list of services.

Add to that the recent partnership with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) Juneau, which combined under one roof with JAMHI in February, and JAMHI Health and Wellness is a significantly different organization than it was a year ago.

They have “one mission: whole person health care,” Branding said.

The Midtown Clinic is open to anyone, regardless of ability to pay, Branding told the Empire over barbecue at an open house Friday. The clinic charges clients on a sliding fee scale. It’s located in the bottom floor of the Housing First Facility, positioning it to provide care for the building’s tenants, many of whom are recovering from alcohol dependency or who live with mental or physical disabilities.

Clinic clients don’t need to live in the Housing First facility. The public can join the clinic too, said Chief Integrated Services Officer Doug Harris. The clinic has about 175 patients so far since it opened at the beginning of January. That’s without advertising the clinic at all. Friday’s open house was the first real advertising the clinic has done.

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Some clients have insurance, others don’t, Harris said. They hope to get about 500 clients total. The facility — three exam rooms, a lobby and a lab — can serve about 12-16 clients a day.

Midtown can afford to do this by applying as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). Clinics qualify as FQHCs if they meet certain critieria, Harris said, including having to have patients on its governing board. Health care providers in medically underserved areas can become FQHCs, or clinics that serve the homeless of migrant populations.

Midtown Clinic is applying as an FQHC right now. If Midtown gets certified, they’ll be eligible for receive funds from the Health Resources and Services Administration Health Center Program.

JAMHI Health and Wellness has been a part of the Housing First project since its inception. Planners set out from the start to include a clinic at Housing First as a way to increase Housing First tenant’s access to health care. Housing First opened its 32-unit facility September 2017. It’s “down the elevator, out the door and in” Harris said, from a Housing First unit to the Midtown Clinic.


• Contact reporter Kevin Gullufsen at kgullufsen@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at @KevinGullufsen.


Midtown Clinic

Where: 1944 Allen Ct., Juneau

Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday

Phone: 463-3303

Payment: A sliding fee scale, depending on your resources and insurance

Walk-ins welcome

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