In 2016, UMMC staff and residents founded the Psychiatry Outreach Program (POP) to address the mental health needs of the uninsured and homeless. The POP now operates under the organization of the Jackson Free Clinic, offering free psychiatric care to the vulnerable and homeless population of Mississippi while also providing a hands-on opportunity for medical students and volunteers to learn and practice evidence-based psychiatric care.
Expansion of psychiatry services is one of the most pressing needs of the JFC. Since reopening in June 2020, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the psychiatry clinic has been fully booked almost every weekend we 've offered care. Presently, we only offer the psychiatry clinic two Saturdays a month and compete for exam space with the medical clinic. The number of rooms we can borrow for psychiatry patients varies each clinic day. However, borrowing rooms for psychiatry patients leaves less space for other medical patients, putting an even bigger strain on the already full building.
We are asking for your financial support to reach our goal of $10,000 to create a dedicated space for psychiatry in the JFC. By partnering with us, you will be building on a program that brings hope to many families in Mississippi suffering from mental illness.
We look forward to you being a part of this project that will shape the psychiatric health of our fellow Mississippians. Additionally, we hope to serve you and other psychiatrists across the state as a valuable resource for referral of uninsured patients to free psychiatric care. For more information, please visit our website (www.jacksonfreeclinic.org) or contact us.