The new center provides outpatient, walk-in behavioral health services and resources for plan members and the homeless in the community.
By Debbie Hall
SilverSummit Healthplan and WestCare Nevada in partnership opened the Summit Center with a ribbon-cutting as a member of the Vegas Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 23.
Executives from SilverSummit Healthplan and WestCare Nevada, local elected officials, other staff members, and invited guests took tours and, after some opening remarks, celebrated with an official ribbon cutting of the addition to the facility.
“We are the insurance organization that has its members come to this facility. Most of the members are at-risk or part of the homeless population. This is a place of dignity for them,” says Joann Prevetti, manager of marketing and communications for SilverSummit Healthplan.
“This for those who need the help that are walking on the streets that are homeless. Summit Center will be a place of refuge to start their journey to wellness. This will be one more resource to make our community a better place,” says President and CEO of SilverSummit Healthplan Erick Schumacker.
Vice President of Operations for WestCare Nevada, Las Vegas City Councilwoman Olivia Diaz, Assemblywoman Maggie Carlton, and Sandy Doebler of the Vegas Chamber of Commerce also attended and spoke.
“This is an exciting day for us. The center is open seven days a week and can help 40 people a day, which is crucial during these trying times. A growing number of individuals are negatively impacted, and we are providing critical help. One of the growing problems in this state is behavioral and mental health among at-risk populations,” added SilverSummit Healthplan Chef Medical Director Dr. Jeff Murawsky.
The Summit Center offers many services, including therapy, peer support groups, case management, and employment and identification assistance. The facility also provides clients free meal services, access to a clothing closet, hygiene items, transportation to and from the city’s homeless shelters, and access to computers, showers, and laundry facilities. Individuals who are not SilverSummit members may still visit the center for respite or care coordination; a case manager will assist them with a referral to other facilities. Behavioral healthcare is an issue that continues to rises globally, nationally, and in communities, especially among the homeless population.
SilverSummit Healthplan is a managed care plan serving the state of Nevada. Established in 2017, it is a diversified healthcare organization that offers healthcare services through Nevada Medicaid, Medicare, and the Health Insurance Marketplace. For more information on SilverSummit, visit www.silversummithealthplan.com.
Founded in 1973 in Las Vegas, nonprofit WestCare provides a broad spectrum of behavioral health and programs for substance use and mental health disorders, homelessness, domestic violence, prisoner re-entry, and HIV/AIDS. Some services include withdrawal management and crisis intervention, residential and outpatient programs, services for women with children, veterans, education/prevention programs, emergency shelters, transitional living, and community triage centers. The nonprofit’s trauma-informed, person-centered continuum of care spans 18 states, three U.S. territories, and the Republic of Palau. For more information, visit www.westcare.com.
The Summit Center is located at 323 N. Maryland Parkway, on the WestCare Community Triage Center campus. The facility is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., seven days a week. The Summit Center can assist up to 40 individuals per day with plans for future expansion.