Behavioral health clinic opens

Behavioural Health Clinic for residents of Yamhill CountyGeorge Fox University’s Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology, with the assistance of Providence Health & Services-Oregon, opened a behavioral health clinic for residents of Yamhill County in February.

The George Fox University Behavioral Health Clinic opened at the university’s Villa Academic Complex. The clinic is intended for those low-income and uninsured county residents in need of mental health services, including individual and couples therapy, mental health consultation, parenting counseling, and diagnostic assessment.

For those accessing the services the fees are nominal or waived. The clinic operates Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Doctoral students help to provide these low-cost services and are supervised by a licensed psychologist from the community who is a program grad.

“We see this as another opportunity to reach out to those in our community in need of assistance,” said Mary Peterson, associate director of clinical training in the Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology. “This coincides with our mission as a university – to serve the underserved around us.”

The clinic was made possible by a $25,000 grant from Providence Health & Services-Oregon, which designated that the funds be used to “support access to mental health counseling for those unable to afford them,” said Priscilla Lewis, regional director of Providence’s community services and development.

Community members can arrange an appointment by calling 503-554-2368. The Villa Academic Complex is located at 501 N. Villa Road, in Newberg.

Patients who meet eligibility are provided with an intake consultation. A treatment plan is then formulated with the student/clinician and the supervisor, and appropriate evaluation and individual and/or family therapy services are then provided.

The clinic expands the collaboration that already exists between the Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology and Providence Newberg Medical Center. One ongoing project of that partnership is the behavioral consultation program, started in 2003. As part of that contract, more than 500 Providence patients have received mental health consultation services from doctoral students and supervising licensed psychologists who are affiliate members of the medical staff.

George Fox and Providence also partner with emergency room consultation services and pain management care.