FLINT — Construction of the new state-of-the-art Integrated Services Children’s Center has been completed, and the new facility, located at S. Saginaw Street and I-69, officially opened its doors with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 18.
Genesee Health System (GHS) and Major Flint Mental Health Facilities held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the facility providing comprehensive care for the children of Flint and Genesee County in one location.
The 60,000-square-foot building located at 1402 Saginaw Street will house all areas of GHS’s children’s program in one building, including the Children’s Integrated Services Assessment Clinic, Children’s Autism Center, and Family and Child Services.
Genesee Health System CEO Dannis Russell thanked all of GHS’ partners in the project, who together have achieved the $23 million facility.
“This kind of thing doesn’t happen very often,” he said. “This project — the community collaboration, the sources of funding, the people who were involved in this — this is not happening for a place that provides mental health services mostly to the uninsured population of the city.”
The facility, located at S. Saginaw and Ninth Street, on the I-69 bridge, consolidates three separate buildings that GHS uses to house its core services to children and families under one roof.
These include Neurodevelopmental Centers of Excellence (NCE), Autism Services, Children and Family Services, and a Federally Qualified Health Care Center
In addition, the new building provides convenient waiting areas for families because the assessment process takes an average of four hours, which requires families to find a place for a long period of time. This is particularly challenging for families with multiple children.
The new layout includes: a coffee shop, outdoor plaza, secure playground and other comfortable waiting areas.
Among those involved in the project are the City of Flint, Uptown Reinvestment and the Mott Foundation. HED was the architectural firm that designed the building and contractor DW Lurvey built it.
“This children’s center is thanks to the partnership with the Uptown Reinvestment Company as well as the early and continued support of the Mott Foundation,” said Bill Winarski, chair of the board of Greater Flint Children’s Mental Health Facilities. “Now, anyone receiving GHS Children’s Services is in this beautiful, state-of-the-art facility to provide high-quality mental and physical health care.”
It was an amazing day for the URC and for the kids in the community, said Tim Hermann, President of the Uptown Reinvestment Group and CEO of the Flint & Genesee Group, also calling the facility an “achievement.”
“As a not-for-profit economic developer, our goal at URC is to help other non-profits by providing capacity especially on complex projects like this,” said Hermann. “We are delighted to be partnering with GHS on this project. It has a long-term impact and a positive impact.”
There are a lot of teams from the community involved in funding and building the Children’s Integrated Services Center, said Ridgway White, president and CEO of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
“We work harder than anyone else, with little, sometimes, but we get great things done,” White said. “The Integrated Children’s Services Center is designed to better serve children and families.”
The open house for the community to tour the new facility will be on Wednesday, November 30th.