Those in need of urgent mental health care now have a facility to go to.

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services has opened West Michigan's first Psychiatric Urgent Care Center on Tuesday, April 16. It's located at 300 68th Street SE in Grand Rapids. 

The center will provide services and resources to adults ages 18-65 dealing with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, substance use disorders and suicidal thoughts -- along with a myriad of other mental health issues that need immediate assistance from a professional.

The center's director, Megan Zambiasi called the center's debut a "pilot," adding that children and older adults may be added into the serving population later on.

Pine Rest says this center is an important and necessary addition to the community -- providing quick access to psychiatric evaluations and triage, making sure to get people in and out within a few hours. Pine Rest's Psychiatric Urgent Care Center has a goal of expediting treatment and decreasing costs. Without this program, Zambiasi says some individuals could be forced to wait three to six months before receiving care.

"We're hoping that we're able to get folks in, and the longer term impact is that if people feel better emotionally, they're normally functioning better in our community. That's better for everyone," said Zambiasi.

Most insurance plans will cover the services available at the center. Anyone in need of help can make an appointment, but Pine Rest says that walk-ins are also accepted. It is best that you call ahead if possible.

Pine Rest's Psychiatric Urgent Care Center is helpful to people with moderate to severe symptoms, but is not an emergency room. People facing life-threatening conditions should seek help at a hospital emergency room and or call 911.

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