NorthCare to Open New Mental Health Urgent Care in Edmond
In August, The Oklahoman reported that North Oklahoma County Mental Health Center, otherwise known as NorthCare, had completed the purchase of a medical office building in Edmond. A conversation with NorthCare CEO Phillip Randy Tate confirmed the purchase of the property, as well as plans for the building to host a mental health urgent care facility. Slated to open in Spring of 2023, the newest location will be the latest service initiated by the Oklahoma Comprehensive Crisis Response Plan.
In January, the Oklahoma Counseling Institute spoke with a representative of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) to request more information about the Crisis Response Plan. According to ODMHSAS, the plan aims to increase the number of mental health urgent care and crisis centers by 50% in 2022 and staff each facility with a multidisciplinary team. As indicated in the ODMHSAS graphic below, newest Edmond NorthCare facility is one of many facilities across the state set to open by 2023.
Pictured above: a map of Oklahoma mental health crisis centers.
According to NorthCare CEO Phillip Randy Tate, the newest Edmond facility will include a 24-hour mental health urgent care for adults and youth. Mr. Tate reported the newest branch will also offer outpatient services, including assessments, case management, care management, primary care health monitoring with linkages to primary care services, individual and group therapy for mental health and addiction, linkages to medication assisted therapy, a pharmacy, peer support services, and a psychiatric medication clinic. The facility will be located at 820 W 15th Street in Edmond, which is at the southeast intersection of 15th and Kelly Avenue.
According to Mr. Tate, the NorthCare team is aiming to open the Edmond location in approximately 6 months. The CEO also reported that a NorthCare mental health urgent care located within the Guthrie Mercy Hospital complex has a prospective opening date of late 2022. Mr. Tate stated that both the Edmond and Guthrie crisis centers will be supported by a 24/7 mobile crisis team.
For more information on the new facilities, visit the NorthCare website. Then, watch the Oklahoma Counseling Institute articles page for an upcoming piece on updates to the Oklahoma Comprehensive Crisis Response Plan.
For information on submitting a press release to the Oklahoma Counseling Institute, click here to access the form.