HomeHealthMental HealthSummit Pointe plans to add on-site pharmacy to College Street facility

Summit Pointe plans to add on-site pharmacy to College Street facility

BATTLE CREEK – To better serve people seeking help for substance abuse or substance abuse problems, Summit Pointe plans to add its own pharmacy to the First Step facility.

The city commissioners unanimously approved a special use permit on Nov. 1 for the proposed 1,663-square-foot addition to the north portion of the property at 175 College St. and approved a request to repurpose the property from T-3 Neighborhood Commercial to T-4 Downtown Commercial for expansion on Nov. 15.

Jeannie Goodrich, CEO of Summit Pointe, was not immediately available for comment Monday. A timeline for construction is unknown.

“For people who need to be hospitalized or stay in the hospital for psychological reasons, many leave with prescriptions that they often won’t fill,” Ward 4 Commissioner Kathy Szenda Wilson explained at the Nov. 1 meeting. “I really want to applaud Summit Pointe for thinking about what they can do to minimize the impact on those people because they’re in a space that’s typically very challenging to navigate.”

Plans to add its own pharmacy come as Summit Pointe, Calhoun County’s provider of mental health and addiction treatment, continues to shift its operations from its headquarters at 140 W. Michigan Ave. to its First Step facility at 175 College St. .

Top Pointe opened its 24-hour psychiatric emergency care center at the College Street location in March 2021.

Formerly Bronson Battle Creek Laboratory, the building was purchased in December 2020 thanks to a $750,000 grant from the Community Partners Chronoster Fund and the Battle Creek Community Foundation. Summit Pointe in addition secured a grant of $3.9 million through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to expand access to treatment.

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“We are very excited about this expansion,” Richard Lindsey, legal counsel to Summit Pointe, said in an address to the commissioners on Nov. 1. “It’s a great expansion of mental health services in Calhoun County and in the city of Battle Creek.”

Lindsey expects the pharmacy to have a positive impact in the community as it will allow individuals to get treatment and all the medicines they need in one convenient location.

“If you have an emergency for a mental health problem, you go to Bronson, you go to Oaklawn, you sit down, whether or not you have a pharmacy on site, whether or not you have access to what you need to be able to to be treated,” Lindsey said. “This is to have everything in one location, to be able to treat the patients, to be able to give them the care they need, instead of having to be shipped somewhere else.”

For more information call 800-632-5449 or 269-966-1460 or visit summitpointe.org.

Contact reporter Greyson Steele at gsteele@battlecreekenquirer.com.

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