SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Gándara Center has opened a new clinic offering Behavioral Health Urgent Care services.

The clinic is located at 2155 Main Street, Springfield. There will be easier access to services including hours extending to nights and weekends and same or next day appointments. The clinic is well known for their bilingual mental health services and substance use services in underserved communities.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer Behavioral Health urgent care to the community,” said Lois Nesci, Chief Executive Officer. “Our hope is that by offering these services it will help those dealing with urgent mental health concerns before they become crisis situations.”

COVID-19 has been challenging, and for some, has impacted mental health. With the pandemic in its second year, people are struggling differently with depression, anxiety, and substance use than before. Mental health providers have seen an increase in demand for services. The new clinic offers a safety measure to treat all who need help in these areas of health.

“These services are vital to the community especially the communities that we serve”, said Chelsea Bryant, Vice President of Behavioral Health and Recovery Services.  “We have seen a real need for these services since the start of the pandemic.  We are currently working to expand these services to our other clinics in Springfield and Brockton to be able to meet this need.”