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Hillcrest Mental Health Center celebrates four years

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Four years ago Saturday, after going bankrupt, Gannon Mental Health Center in Dubuque opened it's doors. That was all thanks to funding from Hillcrest Family Services; renaming it the "Hillcrest Mental Health Center." Four years later the center is sustainable and continue to provide a much needed service, despite Hillcrest facing budget cuts from the state.

As Denny Grant sits in his office inside the Hillcrest Mental Health Center, he remembers how far this place has come.

"We came up here in 1999. In the early 2000's there was financial and political pressure to become smaller, in otherwise downsize," said Grant.

And in March of 2006 the, then Gannon Center filed for bankruptcy. But that's when Hillcrest Family Services stepped in to save the center.

"And teamed up with Mercy to provide the ongoing services for people with mental health issues in Dubuque and Jackson County," said Grant.

Since then the center has been providing outpatient care for individual, school based, and crisis counseling and medication management. They're even becoming more financially stable.

"We always try to pay our debts back and operate on a self sufficient budget whenever possible," said Grant.

Just last week the center paid off a more $150,000 loan from the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors. But now that the center has turned things around. They'll continue to adapt.

"Continue to improve services and be responsive to the needs of the clients and be mindful of insurance pressures," said Grant.

Which is important during tough economic times. Grant says they already have a footprint in the community and hopes to continue providing a much needed service.

"It's a business, as well as a service. So we have to adapt and change to keep up with the demand," said Grant.

A demand that makes grants office an open door to change.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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