In response to the rising mental health needs of Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth counties, Pillar Health and Kenosha Community Health Center have expanded their roster of behavioral health service providers. The addition of these providers aims to address the surging demand for mental health services, including Psychiatry and Psychotherapy services in the region, which have been in short supply. These providers have an emphasis on comprehensive care and patient-focused treatment for children and adults.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 2020, nearly 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. struggled with mental illness, accounting for around 51.5 million individuals. In Wisconsin, mental illness prevalence among adults mirrored the national average. However, the state faced the additional challenge of limited access to care. This issue is underscored by the vast number of adults with mental illness who remain untreated.

Children and teenagers are also at risk. Across the nation, youth mental health is deteriorating, evidenced by rising rates of depression and suicidal ideation. Wisconsin’s statistics mirror this alarming trend.

Pillar Health and Kenosha Community Health Center are dedicated to addressing these challenges by offering holistic, patient-centered care. Psychiatry, a branch focused on evaluating and treating mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders, including medication management where indicated.

Introducing Pillar Health and Kenosha Community Health Center Psychiatry Providers:
  • Dr. Codie Vassar, MD, MS: Based at the 22nd Avenue Kenosha Clinic, Dr. Vassar is fluent in both English and Spanish and provides services for patients aged 6 and above.
  • Deshawntae Griffin, AANP, ANCC: Specializing in family and psychiatric care for young individuals, Griffin operates her telehealth practice out of the 22nd Avenue Kenosha Clinic, catering to ages 6-18.
  • Heidi Eckelberg, MSN, FNP-C, APNP, PMHNP: Eckelberg divides her time between the 22nd Avenue Kenosha Clinic and Silver Lake Clinic. She provides primary care to patients aged 2 years and older and psychiatric care for those 18 years and up.
  • Dr. Mathew McCarthy, MD: Practicing at the 22nd Avenue Kenosha Clinic, Dr. McCarthy serves patients aged 18 and older and communicates fluently in both English and Spanish.

Furthermore, the centers recognize the transformative power of psychotherapy (sometimes called talk-therapy), is a therapeutic technique aimed to help a person identify and address emotional challenges and troubling thoughts to enhance overall quality of life.

Introducing Pillar Health and Kenosha Community Health Center Psychotherapy Providers:

As pillars of the community, both Pillar Health and Kenosha Community Health Center are committed to providing high-quality mental health care, ensuring residents of Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth counties have the resources and support they need to lead healthy, fulfilling lives. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 262-656-0044.

Pillar Health and Kenosha Community Health Center provide affordable, quality healthcare services to individuals and families in Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth Counties. They strive to address the underlying factors that affect health and are dedicated to innovation in healthcare. By collaborating with various stakeholders, they work towards improving health outcomes for medically vulnerable individuals and promoting health equity in their communities.

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