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Posted: Thursday, January 26, 2012 4:43 pm

ST. HELENS - Mental health patients in Columbia County will soon have a new resource to help them meet their needs. The Jordan Center, a drop-in center sponsored in part by Columbia Community Mental Health, will hold its official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Jan. 31 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Jordan Center is at 297 S. First St., and is next to Jilly's in Olde Town. The center will function as drop in center where people who are suffering from metal illness can stop by and seek nonjudgmental support from peer support specialists and peer mentors from CCMH as well as from others who are visiting the center.

"The biggest difference between us and CCMH is we don't bill for services," said CCMH peer support specialist Rebecca Brand. "People can walk in off the street, they don't have to have insurance."

The center was named in memory of Nicholas Jordan, who was a patient at CCMH for 20 years and was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Jordan passed away from cancer in September of 2011.

The center is currently funded by a $7,000 state grant and also received financial support from Jordan's mother, Peggy Hammond.

Brand says the Jordan Center will also work as an extension of what CCMH can offer patients, especially when funding is an issue.

"Recently there's been more and more of a gap between what CCMH can provide and what's available," she said.

The Jordan Center will be open Tuesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-noon, on Thursdays from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m.

For more information, call Rebecca Brand at (503) 396-5235.


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