Center for Better Health
Stimulus funds received from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act have been allocated to open the Center for Better Health. The center is offering free COVID-19 tests, health and wellness services, personal protective equipment, and other forms of support to residents of Benton Harbor and Benton Heights.
This rapid response center will operate at two locations through the end of December 2020. The center operates in collaboration with the Berrien County Health Department and InterCare Community Health Network. Services are free of charge and available to all community members.
The Center for Better Health and COVID-19’s Lessons
Location and Hours of Operation
Center for Better Health
Located at 100 W. Main St., we will be closed January 6-11.
Hours starting January 12.
Tuesday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
* Mental health and legal services are by appointment only. Walk-ins welcome for all other services.
Parking is available on the street and in a lot adjacent to the center. The front entrance is ADA accessible. Dial-A-Ride transportation tokens are available at the center.
Benton Harbor High School
COVID-19 testing will continue to be at 870 Colfax Ave., in the parking lot through March 31, 2021. Testing will be covered by your insurance. If you do not have insurance, one COVID-19 test costs $100. Please note that any undocumented person is welcome to testing and all information will be kept confidential. No one will be turned away from testing. For any questions about COVID-19 testing, please visit https://www.intercare.org/covid-19.html
If you have questions please call 269.408.2258 or email email@example.com
COVID-19 testing is available at Benton Harbor High School, 870 Colfax Ave. in the Empire Ave. parking lot. Screenings are conducted for COVID in drive-through tents. No appointments are needed. Photo ID is required for a test.
Additional Health Care Services
Other preventive screenings for COVID-19 risk factors, offered at the Main Street location, include high blood pressure checks and a heart health screening that covers cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL, LDL and glucose. Participants must be 18 years of age and they must fast for a minimum of 12 hours prior to the screening. Consuming water before the test is encouraged. No appointments are needed.
Lakeland Care and the Berrien County Health Department are offering FREE flu shots to individuals 18 and older.
Personal Protective Equipment:
Each household will receive a plastic tote that includes five face coverings, two hand sanitizers, and two hand soap wipes.
The center will provide broadband hotspots throughout the community to support students’ online learning for those enrolled in Benton Harbor/Benton Heights area schools and those experiencing academic challenges.
Health education and health coaching will be available at the center during the hours of operation. A registered dietician will be onsite Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1 – 5 p.m.
Spanish Translation Services
Spanish-speaking navigators will be on hand to assist with translation for Spanish speakers. Tuesday and Thursday 1 – 5 p.m.
Mental Health Services
Provided to the adult residents (18 years old and up) of Benton Harbor and Benton Township and surrounding areas who have been deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. All services will be provided at no cost to community members, and by appointment only.
The services are provided in-person or via telehealth:
- Individual therapy
- Navigation and referral assistance
All mental health services are provided by appointment only.
Meet our Mental Health Clinicians
Samuel Jones, LLPC
Samuel is trained as a multicultural therapist, engaging in both family systems and cognitive behavioral therapies. Samuel uses accelerated resolution therapy for severe traumas and fear-based illnesses. He enjoys coaching high school football, sheparding at West Michigan's largest church and seeing people reach their goals and find their place of healing.
Mary Insalaco, LLPC
Mary offers support in a caring client-focused, sex positive, and trauma-informed therapy environment. She uses individualized tools to help patients move forward with confidence towards your goals. Mary is bilingual and specializes in trauma-informed, sex therapy.
Vonetta McGinnis, LMSW
Vonetta McGinnis has a unique approach to connecting with clients and motivating them towards mental, emotional, and behavioral change. She collaborates with her clients to help them define their problems and create a treatment plan to meet individual needs and help them feel empowered. Vonetta specializes in childhood trauma, parenting, stress, depression, and life changes.
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Patty Murray, LMSW
Patty is a licensed therapist helping people who suffer with anxiety, stress, frustration, depression, relationship issues, and life transitions. She encourages individuals to draw from their inner strength, to move forward and overcome what is holding them back. She creates a nurturing and non-judgmental environment for individuals to explore, manage emotions, identify opportunities and a space to develop ways to cope with and effectively navigate life obstacles. Patty specializes in anxiety, stress, and relationship issues.
Community navigators who specialize in linking community members to local resources will be available at the center.
- Access to health care and mental health services
- Housing assistance
- Food assistance and food banks
- Government benefits (Tanf, SSI, SSFDI, Medicaid and Medicare)
- Childcare/parenting resources
- Legal services
- Emergency assistance
- Financial planning and assistance
- Information regarding legal help, including free-to-low-cost legal services
Masks are required of all staff, clinicians, and clients at the Center for Better Health. Social distancing is practiced to the extent possible. The center follows CDC and State of Michigan guidelines on COVID-19 precautions.
All clients entering the building will have their temperatures taken at the door. The facility is also ADA compliant.
Both facilities will be closed on the days before Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. The center and testing site will be closed Thanksgiving Friday and Saturday, as well as the Saturday after Christmas.
Parking is available on the street and in a lot adjacent to the center. The front entrance is ADA accessible. Transportation tokens are available at the center or through Dial-a-Ride.