Support Mental Health Services at Mary Greeley
The National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates that one in five adults in the United States experiences mental illness each year, and one out of four families have a relative coping with a mental illness- mental illness does not discriminate on the basis of gender, age, race or socio-economic status.
One of the greatest challenges a person with a mental illness faces today is access to care.
Because of the support of our donors, progress is being made. In the past few years, Mary Greeley has expanded services in our community by opening the Subacute/Transitional Living Center, expanding and improving Behavioral Health Services in our Emergency Department and opening an Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic.
While we are making strides forward, we know our community deserves more.
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We must do a better job for people who need mental health services. To better serve the mental health needs of central Iowa, we must increase our capacity in both inpatient and outpatient services.
An integral part of this vision is a new and expanded Behavioral Health Unit. Design plans are complete and construction has begun. The new unit will feature:
- Increased capacity to care for up to 24 patients (18 patients on current unit)
- Primarily private rooms
- Flexible activity space to meet patient needs
- Modern facilities to maximize quality, therapeutic experience and safety for patients and staff
A vital component to our continuum of care is access to outpatient services. Today, people are waiting weeks, even months for appointments. We are committed to filling that gap in service and have opened a new Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinic. These services have already grown from a part-time clinic to now serving patients five days a week. Our goal is to increase services over time.
In addition, we will develop innovative programs to enhance the care of our patients and address needs within our community.
In order to realize our vision, we must recruit and retain the very best professionals to Ames.
How You Can Help
Like you, we believe that our communities deserve the best mental health care possible, close to home.
Please take a moment to learn about our vision from some Mary Greeley leaders and hear from local patients and families who have experienced firsthand the struggles of mental illness.
For more information on how you can support our vision for Mental Health Services in our community, please contact the Foundation Office at 515-239-2147 or email email@example.com.
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