HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – In 2021, the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Free Clinic voted to transfer physical and cash assets to the Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County once the clinic closes.
“Our charge was to dream up how the property could be used to meet the unmet health care needs of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County,” said Revlan Hill, executive director of TCFHRC.
The Community Foundation formed a task force to work on deciding which organization would take over the building, accepting applications from Charlottesville to Winchester. The TCFHRC has received several inquiries, including from the RMH Foundation.
“We stay in touch with the needs of our community through a process called Our Community Health Needs Assessment, through this we knew that access to care, behavioral health and substance abuse treatment were both major needs that had gaps in our community that we hoped we could at least begin to fill in this building,” said Cory Davies, Executive Director of the RMH Foundation.
On Thursday, April 14, the Community Foundation announced that the RMH Foundation would receive the property.
“To see the passion they had for what this facility might be able to do for our community, not just today, but two years, five years, ten years later, how this building might be able to meet the health care needs of those,” Hill explained. “Even on weekends, we start with one doctor, we go to two or three doctors, eventually. We were really impressed with the dream for the use of this building.
According to a press release, the RMH Foundation will work with various organizations to bring the facility back to life, including EMU, HCHC, JMU, Sentara RMH Medical Center and Strength in Peers. They will use the building to provide behavioral health and addiction services.
“We have that first taste of what the service can be, but we also know that when we start providing services like this, we are made aware of other needs that are out there and we hope that we have the bandwidth and the capacity within this facility to meet additional needs. that we may not even be aware of,” Davies said.
The first floor of the building will be used to treat non-emergency medical conditions with the help of HCHC. The second floor will focus on substance abuse by Sentara RMH using office-based opioid treatment via medication-assisted treatment, counseling and behavioral therapies.
“The third floor of the building will be occupied by both HCHC and Strength in Peers, providing case management for people living with HIV/AIDS and other patients who require case management to connect to social services and help apply for jobs. It really is a complete package to help people take the next step on their path to health,” Davies explained.
Hill says the estimated value of the old free clinic building was $1.2 million.
“The cash remains here in an endowment that will continue to meet the health care needs of the community. We have a grant process each year that allows nonprofits that do this work to apply for funding and review those applications and determine where those funds go each year,” Hill added.
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