MHA Awarded Grant to Build Comprehensive Health Center with HRHCare

The Mental Health Association of Westchester (MHA) is pleased to announce an award of $4.6 million from the Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program. Partnering with HRHCare, MHA will create a comprehensive health center to address whole person care.

The new health center – to be located in White Plains, New York – will include primary care, integrated behavioral health care, oral health and specialty care, as well as immediate access/walk-in services within the primary care setting. Building upon a solid partnership between MHA and HRHCare, the project will strengthen, protect and increase access to healthcare while transforming patient care and experience. The desired location of the new health center will be walkable from public housing, homeless shelters, food pantries and places of worship. 

“We are very excited to be bringing this project to life,” said Charlotte Östman, LCSW-R, CEO of MHA. “We expect it will stand as a community-based, recovery focused model for effective collaboration between a behavioral health organization and a Federally Qualified Health Center to improve health outcomes universally for our clients. Co-locating full service behavioral health with primary medical and specialty care greatly improves access to and coordination of care.  HRHCare is a recognized leader in the provision of care in our community, and we are proud to undertake this work with them.”      

“This new, comprehensive health center will position HRHCare to combine the high-quality primary care for which community health centers are known with the excellent behavioral health services provided by The Mental Health Association of Westchester, our long-standing partner,” said Anne Kauffman Nolon, MPH, CEO of HRHCare (Hudson River Health Care). “We are so pleased to be building on our relationship with MHA to collaboratively deliver comprehensive primary care, mental health services, and substance use disorder treatment services under one roof, furthering the availability of whole-person care in the region and the delivery transformation goals of our state.”

The Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program is administered by the Department of Health and Dormitory Authority of the State of New York and helps support the objectives of the Delivery System Reform Incentive Program (DSRIP). The purpose of DSRIP is to reduce health care costs and improve health outcomes of New Yorkers by expanding access to inpatient, primary, preventative and other ambulatory care services as part of regionally integrated health care delivery systems. Together, 25 statewide projects received $187 million to protect and transform the state's health care system. The funding from the Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program will improve patient care through the development of high-quality medical facilities and programs serving the inpatient, primary care, mental health, substance use disorder and long-term care needs of communities throughout the state.