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Valley Cities awarded grant for integrated health care project

Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation was awarded $292,711 from The Washington State Attorney General's Office's Consumer Protection Division to provide funding for implementation of the primary care integration project.

The project moves mental health services forward by combining medical care and mental health services focusing on individuals with serious mental illness who also have chronic health conditions and face barriers in receiving consistent medical care services.

Partnering with Valley Cities are HealthPoint and QoLmeds.

HealthPoint provides medical and dental care, as well as complementary and alternative medical services, at 17 clinics in 11 King County locations. QoLmeds places full-service pharmacies inside of Community Mental Health Centers and Federally Qualified Health Centers across the country.

"In early 2012, we began talking with HealthPoint about the goal of providing comprehensive medical and behavioral health care in South King County," said Valley Cities CEO Ken Taylor. "This exciting system change will bring better, more holistic health care to our community members needing mental and medical health care. We have worked with primary health care providers for many years and believe deeply in the integration of medical and mental health care."

To find out more about primary care integration, please contact Dan McDougall-Treacy, director of program development, at 253.205.0618 or email at dmcdougalltreacy@valleycities.org.

About Valley Cities

Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation contributes to healthy and secure communities and quality of life in South King County through development, promotion and delivery of exemplary behavioral healthcare services and related human services. Each year, it offers services to more than 7,000 clients at four locations in South King County and through outreach in the communities its serves.

To learn more, visit www.valleycities.org.

About HealthPoint

HealthPoint is a community health center providing medical and dental care, as well as complementary and alternative medicine, at 10 medical clinics, five dental clinics and two school-based health centers located in some of the most culturally and economically diverse communities in King County. Since 1971, HealthPoint has been a leader in creating strong communities and improving the health of patients by breaking down barriers and providing access to all. In 2012, HealthPoint provided 241,739 visits to 69,237 patients.

To learn more, visit www.healthpointchc.org.

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