Conway Regional Opens Mental Health Center

Conway Regional Health System has opened an outpatient center focusing on the mental-health needs of adults.

Conway Regional's Senior Evaluation & Counseling Center is the first of its kind in the Conway area and will specialize in treating dementia patients, including individuals with Alzheimer's disease, as well as caring for other emotional and behavioral issues of senior adults.

The center will provide memory assessments, counseling services, medication evaluations and caregiver education as well as develop care plans to address mental health issues in senior adults.

"There is a great need for senior mental health services in this area, and we believe this new center will become a valuable resource for our growing population," Jim Lambert, Conway Regional's president and CEO, said in a news release.

The center is located in the medical park at 2425 Dave Ward Drive.

Partial funding for the center will be provided by a $375,000 federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) that will be received over the course of three years. The remaining costs will be funded by Conway Regional. The HRSA federal grants are administered by the state Department of Health and Human Services.

The center's professional staff is being led by psychiatrist Dr. Karen Young and neuropsychologist Dr. Mark Clark. The professional staff also includes a mental health clinic manager.