Meeting the behavioral needs of residents in Prince George’s County is the motivation behind a new partnership between Luminis Health Doctors Community Medical Center (LHDCMC) and Prince George’s County. Victoria Bayless, chief executive officer for Luminis Health, and Deneen Richmond, president of LHDCMC, joined County Executive Angela Alsobrooks for the official groundbreaking for the Behavioral Health Services Building.
Located on the campus of Luminis Health Doctors Community Medical Center, the facility will offer a broad continuum of behavioral health services. “Today is a momentous occasion for Luminis Health as we break ground on this facility – to provide patient centered care and local access to community members suffering from mental health and substance use disorders,” said Victoria Bayless, CEO of Luminis Health. “We are committed to removing barriers to health care, and ensuring everyone has access to the care needed to live a healthy life.”
Right now, there are limited mental health resources in Prince George’s County. “We are here to serve the residents of Prince George’s County, and behavioral health care is one of the major needs,” said Deneen Richmond, president of LHDCMC. “In the last year, we have seen an incredible rise in the need for mental health services. I believe we all know that particularly during the pandemic, and even prior to COVID, there are a number of people suffering with mental health conditions and are unable to get the care and treatment they need and deserve.”
The two-story 31,200 square foot facility is made possible thanks to a $20 million grant from Prince George’s County. “We understand the strength of this partnership and look forward to growing the program with the County as we continue to meet this community’s behavioral health needs,” said Richmond. ”These programs bring us one step closer to eliminating health disparities in Prince George’s County.”
The project has two phases. The first phase, which is slated to be completed by Winter 2021, will include first floor ambulatory services:
- Walk-in/urgent care behavioral health services
- Outpatient transitional behavioral health clinic
- Substance use disorder intensive outpatient treatment program
- Mental health partial hospitalization programs for adults and adolescents
- 8-bed residential crisis program
The second phase is a 16-bed adult inpatient psychiatric unit. A Certificate of Need was recently submitted to the Maryland Health Care Commission for approval for the second floor unit.