The Center for Mental Health, headquartered in Montrose, has been awarded $600,000 from the Department of Local Affairs, Community Development Block Grant program to help remodel a portion of the Delta clinic at 107 West 11th Street. These funds will make it possible to renovate an unused portion of the existing building currently owned by the organization.
The Center for Mental Health purchased the building in June of 2007 and has occupied approximately one-half of the building since that time. The occupied half of the building was renovated at the time of purchase and again in the past year. The unused portion of the building has been vacant since 2012 and the condition of that half of the building is very poor.
The project is expected to cost $919,497 and will include asbestos remediation. The City of Delta, on behalf of the Center for Mental Health, served as the applicant to the Department of Local Affairs for the grant. The Center for Mental Health is deeply grateful to the city for the help and assistance in making this grant and this project a reality.
The award will make it possible for the center to expand its existing operations to keep pace with the demand for behavioral health services in the Delta area -- a demand that has grown 37.39 percent in the past three years. This growth has exceeded the physical capacity of the present usable space. Much of the demand for services can be attributed to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. With the implementation, individuals in the region insured under Medicaid have increased 125 percent since 2012.
Through this grant and the expansion of services in the Delta clinic, individuals struggling to achieve appropriate and affordable behavioral healthcare will have a readily available resource.
The Center for Mental Health has been serving the region for the past 52 years. It is a nonprofit organization offering an income-based sliding-fee-scale for all services and 24-hour crisis care to anyone needing such care.