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New urgent care center aims to reduce ER visits

March 9, 2015
by Julie Miller, Editor in Chief
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A partnership of North Carolina organizations provide further evidence of a growing trend in 24-hour urgent care facilities for mental health and addiction treatment. A new facility will open next year adjacent to Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C., financed by a $2 million grant.

According to North Carolina Health News, RHA Health Services, a nonprofit services and support provider, will operate the center, with a goal of decreasing walk-in admissions to the Mission Health emergency department by 35 percent in three years. It will feature certified peer support specialists as well as a mobile crisis-management team, a mental health and substance use crisis facility, outpatient services for mental health and substance use and a community pharmacy.

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