ORLANDO, Fla., October 8, 2010 - Florida Hospital partnered with the Mental Health Association of Central Florida and Orange County Government to open the Outlook Clinic, a mental health clinic essential to the growing mental health needs of the Central Florida community. The stress of the current economic situation combined with the need to bring mental health and medical services together has created a call to bring this new resource to the community, especially for uninsured patients.
Renovations to the space for the new clinic provided within the Orange County Medical Clinic (OCMC) are now complete. Services provided by the Outlook Clinic will serve as a compliment to the health services already offered by the OCMC. The Outlook Clinic will offer help to members of the community battling depression and anxiety providing psychiatric evaluations, individual and group counseling and case management services to patients.
"Many of the patients seen in Orange County Medical Clinic, as well as in the hospital setting, are experiencing difficult medical problems simultaneously with mental health issues," said Robert Herzog, administrative director of the Florida Hospital Center for Behavioral Health. "It is important that mental health services are readily available to these patients that encourage care for the whole person - mind and body are inseparable."
University of Central Florida and Rollins College students receiving their masters in mental health counseling and social work will work alongside Florida Hospital mental health physicians to treat patients at the clinic. The clinic has also partnered with Walgreens to provide affordable access to medications for patients coming through the clinic.
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