Money will go toward many services
Mexico's Arthur Center is the recipient of a federal Health Resources and Services Administration grant to be used to create a federally qualified health center that provides comprehensive health care to the uninsured or underinsured at a low cost. The grant will help the center make services such as dental, mental, medical, and substance abuse treatments accessible to area residents.
The East Central Missouri Behavioral Health Services, known as the Arthur Center, initially applied for the grant in March 2010. The grant awards $780,000 for the first year and $650,000 for the second year. "This is a great day," Arthur Center Director Terry Mackey said. 'This is the culmination of three-four years work. It was a community effort to bring this to the area."
Mackey indicated that by March 1, 2014, the center will be adding primary health and dental care to its current services. The requirements for such additions could necessitate the hiring of up to 10 new employees.