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Mental health professionals now at six Ascension Sacred Heart facilities - WEAR

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Ascension Sacred Heart now has mental health professionals at six of their primary care facilities across Northwest Florida.

The Ascension Florida and Gulf Coast Regional Director of Behavioral Health, Dr. Ellen Williams, says having mental health professionals on site at these facilities creates better access to care.

“There are a couple of benefits. One is just accessibility for the patients,” Dr. Williams said. “Having behavioral health or mental health specialists embedded in there makes it more familiar to them.”

Two of the locations have mental health professionals who treat both children and adults.

Dr. Williams told Channel 3 they have a long term goal of creating a standalone mental health clinic for children.