The Andrews Center, a local nonprofit agency, will on Sept. 3 begin offering medical services in addition to the mental health services it currently offers.
“The population we serve are often people with no insurance or Medicaid, or people who have a problem finding transportation,” said Jana Campbell, program director. “They often have a hard time finding a medical physician.”
The new services are available because of new funding available from the state, said Chris Buswell, project manager for The Andrews Center.
“This is the first time we’ve ever gotten to make use of money that usually goes to hospitals,” he said. “We had to submit a proposal and have to meet guidelines, so we’re definitely being held accountable.”
The Andrews Center serves about 2,000 clients a month in the five East Texas counties it covers. Officials expect those numbers will go up with the new services.
“We’ve been looking forward to this for two to three years,” said CEO Waymon Stewart. “We want to provide as much integrated help as we can. This will be more of a one-stop shop.”