Our nation faces some unique health challenges—not least of all, the stigmatizing of mental health issues. Clinics such as the recently opened Partners In Recovery (PIR) clinic in Gilbert are not only facing the stigma, but improving lives.
In October 2017, PIR and Marc Community Resources (MARC) announced a value partnership, working closely to enhance the quality and delivery of care to mental health patients. This new clinic is evidence of this collaboration as well as partnership with Genoa Pharmacies.
The mental health client population in any community is relatively small. However, they accrue a high cost. There is a movement in our nation seeking to not only curb these high costs, but also raise sufferers’ quality of life. More clinics nationwide offer clients full-service care like PIR.
This clinic is the fourth of its kind in Arizona.
What services does the clinic offer? Imagine going to a primary care physician’s appointment. Most appointments often require bloodwork and other lab tests, along with follow-up prescriptions. Taking care of these extras can be a daunting task for some, especially those with mental health challenges. PIR’s on-site pharmacy and laboratory ensure that a client can fill various needs all at one location. Patients can also receive prescriptions free of charge by mail.
The clinic further offers clients access to several psychiatrists, a benefits coordinator, a housing specialist, a transportation coordinator, and full-service case management. MARC partners with the clinic for counseling.
But the benefits don’t end there.
Other amenities offered at the clinic include large rooms for various support groups and life skills instructions, a gym, and a kitchen. Clients may participate in weekly yoga classes. They can attend substance recovery groups, or cooking classes for various experience levels. There is even a class for patients who want to learn how to shop smarter.
Additionally, MARC offers free training for lay ministers. This is a place to which bishops can refer members of their congregations who struggle with mental health.
Clients at the new PIR clinic must be eighteen and older as well as meet certain criteria related to Medicaid.
Working with clients who, on average, live twenty-five years less than people without mental health issues, the PIR clinic is truly aimed at increasing their quality of life.
Partners in Recovery Gateway Health & Wellness is located at 5222 E. Baseline Road in Gilbert. 928.684.513. www.azpir.org
Marc Community Services: www.marccr.com