Wheeler’s New Britain Community Health Center in New, Expanded Location

Medical and behavioral health care for the whole family now offered; addiction treatment, complementary medicine, and more, provided.

Wheeler’s New Britain community health center at 75 North Mountain Road is moving on June 21 to 40 Hart Street, and an expanded array of health care services will now be available to people of all ages.

“Wheeler has provided care to the Hardware City since 1991, and this expansion brings a new, fully integrated, expanded continuum of care, including primary and pediatric care, women’s health care, and behavioral health services for individuals and families,” said Sabrina Trocchi, PhD, MPA, president and chief executive officer, Wheeler. “We look forward to meeting the complex health needs of people in this city and nearby communities, many of whom struggle with chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol, as well as mental health and opioid addiction and other forms of substance use.”

Services offered at the Wheeler Family Health & Wellness Center at 40 Hart Street will include:

PRIMARY CARE FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN

·Pediatric primary care

·Primary care for adults

·Women’s health care

·Chronic disease management for asthma, diabetes, hypertension/heart health, HIV, hepatitis, and more

·Medication-assisted treatment for alcohol or opiate addiction, including extended-release naltrexone (Vivitrol®) and buprenorphine (Suboxone®) for alcohol, heroin and opioid addiction, tobacco cessation services and recovery supports

·Care management for adults with complex health care needs and behavioral health concerns

·On-site pharmacy and laboratory services

·Linkages to specialty and ancillary services like dental care

·Prevention, health promotion, and wellness services

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND OUTPATIENT SERVICES FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN

·Individual, family, and group outpatient therapies

·Intensive outpatient programs (IOP)

·Psychiatric services, including psychiatric evaluations and medication management

The Family Health & Wellness Center in New Britain is one of five Wheeler community health centers. Other facilities are located in Bristol, Hartford, Plainville, and Waterbury. As a federally qualified health center, Wheeler is part of a network of community health centers nationwide that provide affordable, accessible health care for more than 29 million Americans.

Meeting Community Need

Wheeler’s Family Health & Wellness Center service area in New Britain is a mental health, primary care, and dental Health Professional Shortage Area, comprising federally designated medically underserved populations.

·Only 48.84% of the low-income population in the city are currently connected to a health center, which means that 23,704 people in the community don’t currently have access to care.

·Only 35% of New Britain households had adequate income, compared to 60% statewide.

·Chronic disease is prevalent in the city, varying widely by zip codes, indicating a dramatic level of health disparities among residents. For example:

-          Diabetes (7.8%–14.1%)

-          High blood pressure (21.8%–43.9%)

-          Obesity (21.8%–29.5%)

Wheeler’s integrated primary and behavioral health care service model, embedded in trauma-informed and culturally-, gender- and LGBTQIA+-responsive approaches, reduces barriers to care and provides a more effective path to primary and preventative care for individuals with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders.  Wheeler is also designated by the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS) as a Person-Centered Medical Home Plus (PCMH+) provider, which aims to improve health outcomes and the care experience of Medicaid members. Wheeler’s New Britain community health center holds a Joint Commission Behavioral Healthcare & Human Services accreditation and Primary Care Medical Home (PCMH) certification.

For more information, visit www.Wheelerhealth.org/NewBritain. To schedule an appointment, call 888.793.3500 (toll-free) or 860.793.3500.

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Wheeler

Wheeler provides comprehensive solutions that address complex health issues, providing individuals, families and communities with accessible, innovative care that encourages health, recovery, and growth at all stages of life. Wheeler’s integrated approach to primary and behavioral health, education, and recovery creates measurable results, positive outcomes, and hopeful tomorrows for more than 50,000 individuals across Connecticut each year. Learn more: www.wheelerhealth.org.

Wheeler Family Health & Wellness Centers

Wheeler’s Family Health & Wellness Centers in Bristol, Hartford, New Britain, Plainville, and Waterbury offer integrated primary care and behavioral health care, addiction treatment, and complementary approaches to care.

Wheeler's Family Health & Wellness Centers in Bristol, New Britain, Hartford, and Plainville are funded in part by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an operating division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Wheeler is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).

Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial health insurance welcome. No patient will be denied health care services due to an individual’s inability to pay for services. Improvements to the Family Health & Wellness Center in Hartford are supported in part by the State of Connecticut Nonprofit Grant Program, the Connecticut Health & Educational Facilities Authority, the Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, and the Ensworth Charitable Foundation. Additional support is provided by Delta Dental of New Jersey Foundation.