$50,000 Grant to Expand Mental Health Services in 2014

The Corner has received a $50,000 grant from the Ethel and James Flinn Foundation to improve the quality and scope of its mental health services. Starting in early 2014, a part-time psychiatric nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant will join the Corner's staff to provide and coordinate patient care with psychiatrists and other clinicians. Flinn resources will also train clinical staff to provide a more comprehensive range of evidence-based treatments. Additionally, the Corner plans to implement strategies to sustain this enhanced model of care and develop de-stigmatized mental health marketing messages to better outreach to young people in the community.

Over the last year, mental health visits at the Corner have increased by 100%. Executive Director, Ellen Clement, believes the growing demand highlights the need for expanded mental health services among Corner patients. According to Ellen, "mental health checkups in primary care are an ideal opportunity to help young people early when treatment is most effective." There is a lack of community mental health providers who see all patients, regardless of their ability to pay and few primary care sites that offer mental health care. The Flinn Foundation's support will help to close this gap.

Above: Corner social worker, Catie Martin, supports a new mom during a therapy session.

The Corner began delivering integrated primary and mental health care in 2005 through a partnership with Washtenaw Community Health Organization-Community Support and Treatment Services and the University of Michigan Psychiatry Graduate Medical Education program. Focused on the needs of young people, the Corner’s setting and professional staff offer a safe and confidential atmosphere in which to receive mental health care. The integrated care model eliminates any stigma associated with seeking care at an identified mental health agency and referrals are onsite and immediate.

The Ethel and James Flinn Foundation is a Detroit based private foundation established in 1976 by Ethel “Peggy” Flinn and her brother, James “Jim” Flinn, Jr. Peggy passed away in 1994. Jim Flinn, Jr., who was diagnosed with schizophrenia in his early 20’s, led a remarkable life until his passing away in 2007 at the age of 91. The Foundation is committed to improving the scope, quality and delivery of mental health services in Michigan. Since its inception, over $24 million in grants have been awarded. The foundation’s geographic focus is primarily Southeast Michigan, defined as the counties of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties. For more information about the Flinn Foundation, visit the Flinn Foundation web site at www.flinnfoundation.org or contact Andrea Cole, Executive Director and CEO at (313) 309-3436.


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