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HAMMOND | Regional Mental Health Center plans to open a facility in downtown Hammond to better serve the city's homeless population and those who live in public housing.

The center received a federally qualified health center grant called the New Access Point Grant for $810,500.

The purpose of the two-year grant is to provide primary health care to the homeless and those who live in public housing, so the facility will occupy an area accessible to that population, Communications Manager Amy Lopez said.

The grant will improve access to primary health care for hundreds of clients, Sherry Oman, Regional Health Clinic executive director, stated in a news release. 

“We’ve chosen a location on State Street in downtown Hammond that’s being remodeled to accommodate MDs, nurses and office staff. Our target date to open our doors is in early 2014,” she said. 

Regional will collect data and report to the Health Resources and Services Administration. 

Regional Mental Health Center has more than a dozen locations in Lake County. Services include outpatient counseling, detoxification, partial hospitalization, emergency services and other short- and long-term care.

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