An artist’s rendering from Sanders, Inc., architects of the planned Heffernan Memorial Healthcare District Professional Building at 400 Mary Ave. The district purchased the lot and the buildings and will renovated them. | Graphic courtesy of Heffernan Memorial Healthcare District
CALEXICO — Healthcare options in Calexico continue to expand as Imperial County Behavioral Health Services gets ready to open its fourth new clinic at the agency’s BHS Plaza on Hacienda Drive.
An open house was planned
for Dec. 12 to show off the county agency’s suite of mental-health clinics that
began operations in mid-September and have slowly come online since then. The
event was to be held after this newspaper’s deadline.
“We want the public to
know, and partner agencies to be aware, that these programs are in Calexico and
available to the community,” BHS Children and Adolescent Services manager
Brenda Sanchez said during an interview Dec. 9.
All located at the ICBHS Plaza at 101 Hacienda Drive, the first clinic to open was Behavioral Health’s Adult and Older Adult Services on Sept. 11. The Youth and Young Adult Services opened on Oct. 1 and Children and Adolescent Services on Oct. 31, according to Jose Lepe, also a manager with BHS’ Children and Adolescent Services.
A fourth clinic to be
housed at the plaza, Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program
Services, has not yet opened, Sanchez said.
Meanwhile, Heffernan Memorial Healthcare District officials provided more information and artistic renderings of its new $1.5 million professional building being developed on Mary Avenue that will house medical and educational services.
The county Behavioral
Health Services Plaza’s initial clinic for Adult and Older Adult Services
essentially moved the program’s Adult Anxiety and Depression Clinic from its
East Third Street location to be under one roof with all the other BHS services
available in Calexico, according to information provided by Lepe.
The Adult Anxiety and
Depression Clinic provides outpatient services to qualified individuals
following a psychological assessment to then be followed with psychotherapy
services. A nursing assessment is also done prior to being referred to a
psychiatrist, if needed. Also, other services include mental health
rehabilitation, targeted case management and crisis intervention.
Youth and Young Adult
Services includes its own Anxiety and Depression Clinic at the plaza, with many
of the same services as are provided adults but aimed toward those ages 14-25
years old, according to Lepe.
Children and Adolescents
Outpatient Services are operated at the plaza under the name of the Calexico
Family Resource Center.
When it does open,
Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program Services will target youths
ages 12-18 and include substance-use disorder counselors, mental health
counselors and psychiatric social workers. There will be treatment planning,
individual and group counseling, family therapy, crisis intervention and
discharge planning and coordination.
Sanchez did not
immediately say when the treatment center would open.
She added the
Calexico-area services are available through self-referrals and referrals from partners
such as a school district.
Heffernan Project Detailed
As for the Heffernan
project, the district held a press conference the morning of Dec. 4 to announce
its plans for the planned Heffernan Memorial Healthcare District Professional
Building at 400 Mary Ave.
That property includes
two existing buildings the district will renovate to meet its needs. They would
be used to house medical providers partnering with Heffernan to serve the
Calexico area and possibly replace Heffernan’s current office at 601 Heber Ave.
marketing and public relations officer, Tony Pimentel, said Dec. 9 the front of
the newly redesigned and modernized location will be off Fourth Street when the
project is completed.
The property, which
features two freestanding buildings on one large corner lot, will be divided
into at least seven new office spaces to be used for a combination of medical
offices or healthcare-related classroom spaces.
Pimentel said the $1.5
million project is being paid for entirely by the Heffernan district, with a
planned construction timeline of about a year. With the design phase now
completed by architects from Sanders Inc., Pimentel said construction would
likely start in January.
He added the 5,570 square
feet of office space on a nearly 17,000-square-foot corner lot was purchased by
the district in March 2015 at a cost of $355,000.
Plans are to modernize
the buildings, including redesign for 18 off-street parking spaces, wi-fi-enabled
office suites that meet state seismic codes for medical offices, and bring the structures
up to other city and state building codes.
Although it hasn’t been
determined yet, the building that faces Fourth Street might end up being the new
permanent home of the Heffernan district. That building will also include a new
Pimentel said it wasn’t
yet known what would become of the Heffernan headquarters on Heber Ave. if the
district moves to the Mary Ave. site. He said that would be determined in the