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Healthcare Clinic Available to Citizens in Akron's University Park Neighborhood

Jun 04, 2019

By Community Support Services

Media Release
Contact: Michael Gaffney
  Director of Marketing & Development
  (330) 701-8080 (cell)
  michael.gaffney@cssbh.org
Date:  June 4, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES OPENS HEALTHCARE CLINIC TO GENERAL PUBLIC

(AKRON, OHIO) – Since 2009, Community Support Services (CSS) has operated The Margaret Clark Morgan Primary Care Clinic at the organization’s 150 Cross Street location. This clinic was established to help our clients, residents of Summit County with severe and persistent mental illness, treat their condition holistically. 
A large percentage of CSS clients have one or more physical ailments as well as the mental health issues with which they are dealing. The average lifespan of people with severe mental illness is approximately 20-25 years shorter than the general population. This excess mortality is mainly due to physical illness. Among the most common physical conditions people with serious mental illnesses are diabetes, heart disease, stroke, respiratory conditions, cancers, and arthritis.
Access to healthcare is a barrier many of our clients face. Bringing the clinic onto the CSS campus, along with a full-service pharmacy, enables people with severe mental illness to capitalize on the “one-stop-shop” method of healthcare.
Now, that Healthcare Clinic has been designated an FQHC – Federally Qualified Health Clinic – and is going to be open to the entire community, whether or not they are clients of CSS otherwise.  Bob Stokes, Community Support Services President & CEO, said, “It’s not just individuals with mental illness who have a variety of barriers to healthcare. Lack of transportation makes it difficult for many poor and elderly to see a healthcare professional regularly. People who live near our facility, in Akron’s University Park neighborhood, will benefit greatly from having this clinic open and available to them.”
The clinic will offer coordinated preventive care, disease management, and wellness management. Services available include wellness checks, routine medical appointments, management of chronic illnesses, women’s health including on-site mammograms, diabetic screening, coordination of care with specialists, HIV screening, eye exams, dental clinic, and podiatry. Most insurance as well as Medicare and Medicaid are accepted, and there is a sliding fee scale for the uninsured. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, and Friday, 7:30 am to 5:00 pm. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 330-815-4273.
Community Support Services, Inc. is a leader in behavioral healthcare for Summit County and the surrounding region. The agency provides comprehensive, high quality, cost-effective treatment, rehabilitation, advocacy, and support for recovery, primarily to persons most in need, to enhance the quality of their lives.
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ABOUT COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES
Founded in 1988, Community Support Services annually provides life-changing services for more than 3,000 individuals living with severe and persistent mental illnesses. The agency offers community-based case management, supported employment, supported housing, assertive community treatment (ACT), counseling, and other wellness promoting services.
Today, Community Support Services also offers healthcare through a primary care clinic, which is open to the community.
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