A local mental health service provider is stepping in to fill the gap amid a clinic’s pending closure.
Muskegon Family Care announced on Feb. 17 it would provide limited services to patients up until its pending closure on March 31. HealthWest, in the meantime, is working to assist affected individuals by helping connect them to mental health or substance use services in Muskegon County.
“The announced closure of Muskegon Family Care is devastating to our community,” HealthWest Executive Director Julia Rupp said. “We want those receiving mental health or substance use services from Muskegon Family Care to know that HealthWest is here and will do whatever we can to assist them through this transition.”
Muskegon Family Care is one of two Federally Qualified Health Centers in Muskegon County, serving an estimated 11,000 patients. Many patients are on Medicaid or have no insurance.
Individuals receiving substance use or mental health services from Muskegon Family Care or are a HealthWest client and need primary care can call (231) 720-3200 and speak to experts who can help them get connected to services and other resources in Muskegon County.
Callers will be asked to indentify if they are former Muskegon Family Care clients.
HealthWest said it will work to link individuals from Muskegon Family Care with the proper services, whether those services will be provided by HealthWest or another organization.