ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — University of Rochester opened the doors to a new multi-million dollar outpatient mental health services center Monday morning. It’s located on Chestnut street, right near the university’s school of music.
City residents will now have access to several already existing U of R mental health facilities.
“This central location is easily accessible by public transportation or private vehicle with plenty of adjacent parking. It consolidates U of R medical services provided previously on Strong Hospital Campus and Rochester Technology Park,” said Dr. Mark Taubman, URMC CEO.
City leaders at the ribbon cutting said the economic and mental health effects of COVID-19 call for not just more help, but accessibility.
“Many of our adults need an outlet, they need a place to go, and being able to have a place in their community and neighborhood that is easily accessible is something that we truly appreciate,” said Mayor Lovely Warren.
“The pandemic has hit Black and Latinx communities especially hard,” said Dr. Mark Taubman, URMC CEO. “Highlighting the urgent need to approve access to health care and preventative services for these families.”
They said they plan on increasing the ability to serve — and plan on recruiting more clinicians and providers in the future.
The site includes 60 clinic rooms, group therapy, a crisis call line and a bi-cultural, bilingual mental health and wellness program Lazos Fuertes that has been in high demand recently.
“As one of the only bi-lingual bi-cultural mental health services outside of New York City, Lazos Fuertes is an unmatched resource for Rochester’s growing Latinx community. We are thrilled to be moving to the neighborhood, and to be able to offer more services to our Latinx population,” said Telva Oliveres, M.D. and Director of Lazos Fuertes.
Patients can have short-term, intermediate or long-term care, as well as medication evaluations and management.
Leaders at the ribbon cutting said its their commitment to serve all those in need, regardless of ability to pay or life circumstance.
They also are not far from bus station, and have openings for about 60 to 70 free patient parking spaces.