Swanson Center, like the many others, is concerned by the threat presented by COVID-19 to their clients, staff and stakeholders. With the health and well-being of their community being a main priority, we have put system-wide strategies in place to reduce the risk of exposure, allowing our staff to respond effectively and efficiently, both now and in the event the current threat level escalates.
“Swanson Center remains fully operational, with our staff continuing to serve our clients and community,” said CEO Dan Peck, “We recognize that this is a very challenging time for all and want to make sure that we remain a safe place for our clients to express their fears, worries, and concerns.” He added that many of the staff members are conducting appointments via telephone or telehealth (video) services at this time in an effort reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure (for staff and clients), and that medications remain available at our onsite pharmacy.
“In this time of uncertainty, it is important to focus on your mental health as much as your physical health,” said Medical Director, Kumud Aggarwal, MD. “The quick and drastic changes on our lives can cause us to feel that we are not in control, adding to the intensity of these emotions.”
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the office hours at both the LaPorte and Michigan City offices have temporarily been adjusted. Both offices will operate 8am – 5pm, Monday through Friday. Additionally, the Access Center, which offers same-day intake appointments, is available Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays between the hours of 9am-4pm in the Michigan City office only. Updates will be posted on the Swanson Center website and Facebook page. The Activity Center for Older Adults (in LaPorte) remains closed at this time.
As an Indiana community mental health center, Swanson Center provides the full continuum of mental and behavioral health services to La Porte County residents, including psychiatric medicine, outpatient individual, group, and family therapies, substance use disorder treatment, community-based, as well as school-based case management, child and adolescent services, and group home and semi-independent living environments. Swanson Center, with over 100 employees, maintains offices in both Michigan City and La Porte.
For more information regarding the Open Access Center or other services provided by Swanson Center, please call 219-879-4621, or visit our website at www.swansoncenter.org.