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NIAGARA FALLS – The state has awarded Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center a $795,000 grant for an adult mental health program.

The project is called the Wellness Connection Place, which the hospital described as a coordinated care program for adult patients with mental health issues.

Hospital officials said the facility is in the process of renovating its outpatient adult mental health center to make a “one-stop,” multi-service center that will provide primary care, outpatient behavioral health treatment, health promotion programming, addiction screening, health insurance and financial assistance counseling, as well as links to other community-based services.

Mental health patients often suffer from one or more chronic diseases, so an important part of the Wellness Connection Place will combine primary care services with an adjoining patient resource center, hospital officials said in a news release.

Memorial, which also received $1.98 million in state funding for renovation and expansion of its adult outpatient mental health center, expects to finish construction in January.

The $795,000 grant, which was announced last week and will arrive over three years, was one of 37 awarded statewide, the hospital said.

“Keeping the mental health population physically healthy and connected to the benefits and services they need to live independently in the community will reduce their reliance on costly emergency room visits and hospitalizations,” Memorial Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Sheila K. Kee said in a written statement. “The Wellness Connection Place will be a win-win for the state, regional health insurers, the Niagara community as a whole and the patients served by this initiative.”

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