DANSVILLE — A state-of-the-art facility focuses on the wellbeing of those who suffer from mental illnesses and life’s everyday challenges.
Noyes Mental Health Services is now being referred to as Noyes Mental Health and Wellness Services. For over 20 years it offered therapy at 1 South Main Street, and now it is located at the old Genesee Community College site on 9221 Robert Hart Drive.
Noyes Health Clinic Program Manager Lynette Greene and Noyes Health Public Relations Director Mary Sue Dehn gave Genesee Country Express a tour of the new facility.
“We had very limited access in the old building,” Greene said. “We had offices on the second floor and in the basement.”
Everyone is happy with the new building, Greene said.
“Everyone has their own office. We have a bigger waiting room. We have a lot more space,” she said. “We have a observation room, a group therapy room, and an art therapy room.”
The 7000 square foot building on three acres has renovated offices and consultation rooms for a full-time psychiatrist, 18 therapists and two prescribing nurse practitioners, as well as two art therapy studios, a conference room, and an observation room for training purposes.
Greene added that there are two interns as well who are here for their master program.
“We do a lot of teaching here,” she said. “It is a very broad field. We learn from one another here.”
The communications between all of the health care providers and organizations are much better at the new place.
There are four schools who have a satellite office through Noyes Mental Health and Wellness Services such as Dansville Central, Wayland-Cohocton Central, Keshequa Central, and Geneseo Central.
“We have a strong focus on children services,” Greene said. “It is a great access for children. This way they don’t miss any school. I was a therapist at Dansville Central in 2005.”
Geneseo Central is the newest school to take advantage of this service.
The art therapy allows patients to express themselves in a non-verbal way, and if a therapist feels this would be helpful to the patient it can be done at the facility.
There is a wide range of treatment available from patients suffering from depression to patients suffering from schizophrenia.
The old GCC site was vacant for about three years, and had to be refurbished for the clinic. It is all coming along nicely in the month it has been open.
Greene said they are focusing on rural training now, since most of the training is done through urban districts.
“The culture and issues are very different,” she said. “We do a lot of training here.”
Greene said all of the clients need to see their therapist before they can see the psychiatrist.
“The biggest message we want to send out is that emotional wellness is just as important,” she said. “They need the same dignity and respect as physical health.”
Dehn mentioned that they hope to have an open house for the community in the spring.
“The community is very important to us,” she said. “We would like to have an art gallery, and open house for the community.”
The transportation to the new facility has been very good as well.
Dehn added that Noyes Health is very excited and proud of the new facility, and thinks it will work out for everyone.
The phone number for information and appointments remains the same: (585)335-4316
“The new Mental Health and Wellness facility demonstrates our continued commitment to the well- being of the communities we serve,” said Noyes Health CEO Amy Pollard. “Patient volume has almost doubled in the last six years. As the demand for mental health services in the region has grown, our staff has grown and we outgrew our old space. The new building is bright and spacious, and will allow us to continue to expand, if needed.”
The building renovation was in part funded by Noyes Health employees through “Dress Down Day” fundraisers, and the renovation work completed by Noyes Health engineering staff.
“Our new, airy building will help us continue to bring mental health issues out of the shadows,” said. Dr. Robert Whelpley, Mental Health and Wellness Services medical director. “We hope that our investment in the new facility demonstrates how much we value our patients and clients, and that we will treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve. “
Noyes has provided mental health services to the tri-county region for 35 years. The organization’s multidisciplinary mental health professionals offer individual, group and family therapy for adults and children, and collaborate with patients, their families, and the community to support wellness and recovery. They address issues including: Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, behavioral problems, stress management, anger management, grief and loss, trauma, life transitions, depression and anxiety, mood disorders, marital and family problems, chronic pain and health issues.Noyes offers many approaches to treatment from marriage and family therapy, co-occuring disorder groups, play therapy, art therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and medication management for those involved in therapy.