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Hackley Community Care Chosen by MDCH as Pilot Site for School Network Hub

Thursday, January 15, 2015  
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Hackley Community Care - a Michigan Health Center serving Muskegon County - was one of three organizations recently awarded a state grant to operate a 3-year pilot School Network Hub. The goal of the Hub is to develop a model of care for underserved children and youth that will increase coordination of health care services. 

Hackley Community Care’s Teen Health Center located at Muskegon High School will serve as the Hub, providing full clinical services that include behavioral health, dental, and medical services. It will oversee four satellite sites at Muskegon Heights Academy, Nelson Elementary School, Muskegon Covenant Academy, and Marquette Elementary School. These satellite sites will be operational by January 2015.


Each satellite site will offer behavioral health services, providing individual and family counseling, screenings, and prevention, as well as early intervention services such as bullying and suicide prevention. A registered nurse will also be available at the Muskegon Heights Academy and Marquette Elementary School. Services at these two schools will be similar to the service model of the School Wellness Program currently operating at Muskegon Middle School. 


The School Network Hub services will be coordinated with existing and new after-school programs such as Pathfinders in Muskegon Heights, the Boys and Girls Club at Nelson Elementary, and the Pathways to Potential (P2P) with the Department of Human Services.


A Community Advisory team has been established and is made up of representatives from Hackley Community Care, Public Health Muskegon County, Department of Human Services / P2P, Mercy Community Health Project, Muskegon County Family Court, Muskegon Public Schools, and Muskegon Covenant Academy. The committee is also represented by parents from each of the Network Hub schools.


"It is our hope that by children and adolescents having access to primary care and behavioral health services where they spend a majority of their time, at school, we will see better health, increased classroom attendance, and reduced absenteeism and suspensions," said Linda Juarez, Chief Executive Officer, Hackley Community Care.


Hackley Community Care was established in 1992 and provides primary care medical, dental, OB, and behavioral health care services to residents of Muskegon County. Its mission is to support and promote patients’ total health with quality, integrity, respect, and compassion.


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