Jun 23, 2022

St. Joseph City Council to hold work session on Family Guidance Center development

Posted Jun 23, 2022 9:03 PM
Photo by Tommy Rezac.
Photo by Tommy Rezac.

By TOMMY REZAC

St. Joseph Post

A mental health clinic in St. Joseph has been allocated $600,000 of American Rescue Plan funding for the development of an urgent care unit, but a few issues need to be addressed first.

City of St. Joseph Public Information Officer Mary Robertson says a few concerns have been brought to the city, regarding this urgent care unit being developed by the Family Guidance Center.

"Infrastructure and transportation," Robertson said in response to what the concerns have been about. "This does serve a larger area than just Buchanan County. So, is there a plan in place that addresses transportation issues? Not only from the facility, but folks leaving and getting to other services that they need."

Robertson says Family Guidance Center officials provided an official response to these concerns to the city back on May 31.

"So, it is in the hands of the city," she said. "We're waiting for this work session on June 29, where city council will look at the plans that have been provided that hopefully, I think, will address the concerns with the residents."

Family Guidance Center serves nine northwest Missouri counties. St. Joseph City Council will address these concerns at a work session on June 29. Robertson says there's strong optimism these issues will be resolved, and the development of the urgent care unit can move forward.

"I think having all of the information to complete the puzzle was necessary in this particular situation," Robertson said. "I think city council will find that they have the answers to concerns and questions raised and we'll be able to move forward."

Family Guidance Center is a mental health clinic that serves nine northwest Missouri counties. They also have offices in Maryville and Cameron.

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