Legacy offering walk-in clinic year-round

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Legacy Counseling Center experienced such success with the walk-in mental health/substance abuse clinic the center offered during the holidays, Legacy has decided to make the walk-in clinic a permanent addition to the center’s services, Executive Director Melissa Grove announced this week.

The counseling center is located in the Uptown area, on McKinney at Elizabeth Street. Walk-in hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to noon on Fridays.

Any HIV-positive person who comes to the clinic during those hours will be seen by a therapist and can start services immediately, Grove said. She added that it would be helpful if someone planning to access the clinic could call in advance to let center personnel know they are coming and what time they expect to be there.

Legacy accepts Medicaid, Medicare, Ryan White, Northstar and private insurance, while utilizing various community grants to cover the cost of counseling. But, Grove added, “No one will be turned away who needs our care.”

Legacy has been offering counseling services to HIV-positive individuals for more than 22 years, and has “highly experienced licensed therapists who are experts in dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues, and the unique challenges faced by those who are HIV-positive,” Grove said. The center offers individual, couples, group and family therapy and a variety of outpatient programs for those dealing with substance abuse issues. The center also offers psychiatric services to all its clients and free HIV testing twice a month.

The Legacy Counseling Center Crisis Line, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is 214-207-3953.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 13, 2012.

—  Kevin Thomas

Legacy adds walk-in counseling for holidays

Melissa Grove

Legacy Counseling Center Executive Director Melissa Grove says the agency will offer walk-in counseling for the holidays.

“The holidays can be stressful for a lot of gay people,” Grove said. “They might not get the acceptance at home that they have in Oak Lawn.”

She said that dealing with a chronic illness can compound the stress.

“We would like to be responsive,” she said.

Legacy offers counseling services to people who are HIV positive. Through the holidays, the Center is accepting new clients without an appointment Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“It’s best to call first so we know you’re on your way,” Grove said. But walk-ins are accepted without even a phone call. She said a number of people have already taken advantage of the offer and most have been taken with little wait time.

Grove said that 90 percent of Legacy’s clients pay nothing. She said that in addition to all insurance, the agency takes Medicare, Medicaid and Northstar, the behavioral health arm of Medicaid. In addition, the agency receives grants and Ryan White to cover the cost of counseling for people who are HIV positive and are not covered by other plans and earn less than $32,000 a year.

Fundraising events also allow Legacy to serve anyone who needs its care.

“No one is ever turned away,” Grove said.

The annual Christmas Stocking Auction at the Round-Up Saloon on Sunday netted the counseling center $20,000.

“That’s the highest total in eight years,” Grove said. “I just can’t thank the Oak Lawn merchants enough. They never seem to get giving fatigue.”

On Jan. 3, Leslie Jordan returns to the Weisfeld Center in Dallas for Leslie Jordan’s Church Revival with Sister Helen Holy (Paul Williams) also to benefit Legacy. Grove said the $100 tickets include a traditional covered dish dinner — King Ranch chicken, tuna casserole with corn flakes — in the old church basement. Jordan will be mingling with guests through the dinner.

Jordan is best known for his role as Karen Walker’s nemesis Beverley Leslie on Will & Grace. Currently he is appearing on Desperate Housewives and plays a newspaper editor in the film The Help.

Tickets to Leslie Jordan’s Church Revival are available on line.

Legacy Counseling Center is located at 4054 McKinney Ave., Suite 102. 214-520-6308 ext. 1.

 

—  David Taffet