Nonprofit to provide mental health care to Memphians that might otherwise not have access

What’s happening: The nonprofit Mental Health Cooperative has been serving Tennessee since 1993, but the organization’s 11 clinics have thus far been limited to the Middle and East Tennessee regions. That’s all set to change sometime in these first few months of 2023 as the nonprofit has announced its plans to open its first location in West Tennessee, at 3430 Summer Ave. in Memphis.

What it is: Mental Health Cooperative is a community-based nonprofit that offers behavioral health, physical health, and substance use services with a focus on those who might not otherwise be able to afford such critical care. The organization accepts all TennCare plans, and has programs for those individuals without insurance and that meet financial guidelines, including being at or below the poverty line.

“MHC has a holistic approach to mental health care that includes a safe understanding of the whole person to provide the best personalized treatment plan,” says MHC CEO Pam Womack. “The need for accessible, affordable mental health care is more apparent than ever, and we are looking forward to serving the greater Memphis community.”

What they offer: The MHC will staff its Memphis clinic with psychiatrists, care coordinators, nurses, and therapists, offering psychiatry, psychotherapy, community-based care management, and substance abuse services to children, adolescents, and adults.

Why it’s important: “This announcement comes at a time where Memphis, like most cities across the country, is struggling to come to terms with the rising violence in our community,” says Rev. Rickey Dugger, President of the Baptist Ministers Alliance. “There are countless people in Shelby County who do not feel safe or heard, and intervention is so important to repair both our physical and mental approach to coping with these challenging times.”

Visit Mental Health Cooperative online for the latest updates on their new clinic in Memphis.