Meadows Foundation awards $100K to Legacy’s walk-in mental health clinic


Melissa Grove

Legacy Counseling Center has received a $100,000 grant from the Meadows Foundation for its walk-in mental health and substance abuse clinic. The grant is the largest Meadows has given to an AIDS organization since a 2010 grant to AIDS Arms for its new Trinity Clinic.

Because of the success of the new clinic, Legacy ran a deficit most of last year. This grant allows the clinic to continue operating through this year and eliminate the shortfall.

Legacy’s walk-in service was initially intended to operate only during the holidays in December 2011. But when the agency had an influx of new clients, it decided to make the walk-in clinic a permanent new service.

Dallas County Health and Human Services regularly sends people it has newly diagnosed to the walk-in clinic.

Legacy Counseling Executive Director Melissa Grove called the grant “important and forward thinking.”

She said that mental health and substance abuse issues are essential because of the impact on medication adherence and health outcomes and slowing the spread of the virus by learning to disclose HIV status to others.

“Thanks to the Meadows Foundation grant, no one will be turned away who needs our care because it is important to assist people at the very moment they seek help,” Grove said.

The Legacy walk-in clinic is open Mon.–Thurs. 9 a.m.–4 p.m., and Fri. 9 a.m.–noon. 214-520-6308 ext. 302 for an appointment or contact the agency’s 24-hour crisis hotline at 214-207-3953 in case of an emergency.

—  David Taffet

Legacy offering walk-in clinic year-round

From Staff Reports

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