Genesee Health System breaks ground on new mental health facility



Representatives with Genesee Health System and local luminaries broke ground on the new GHS Center for Children’s Integrated Services on 1402 S. Saginaw Street in Flint. Photo by Ben Gagnon

Representatives with Genesee Health System and local luminaries broke ground on the new GHS Center for Children’s Integrated Services on 1402 S. Saginaw Street in Flint. Photo by Ben Gagnon

FLINT — Area families will soon be able to access a wide spectrum of mental and physical health services for children at a single location in downtown Flint.

Genesee Health System and the Greater Flint Mental Health Facilities Inc. held a groundbreaking event for the new GHS Center for Children’s Integrated Services building on Tuesday. The facility, which is currently under construction on 1402 S. Saginaw Street in Flint, will be a new state-of-the art mental and physical health treatment center offering comprehensive care for Flint and Genesee County children.

Upon its completion, the 60,000-square-foot building will bring all GHS children’s program areas under one roof for outpatient care, including the Neurological Center for Excellence, the Children’s Autism Center and Child and Family Services.

Currently, Genesee Health System rents three buildings in Flint for its children’s health programs, including space at Mott Children’s Center, a building on the grounds of Whaley Children’s Center and a facility on the corner of Dort Highway and Robert T. Longway Boulevard which is owned by Hurley Medical Center.

Dan Russell, CEO of Genesee Health System, said that the new facility will provide more space to accommodate current children’s programs and open the door for expanded services in the future.

“The three locations we currently have for children’s services will be combined here,” he said. “In addition, because we’re one of the very few public CMHs (community mental health) systems in the country that also operates a federally qualified health center, we will be able to provide behavioral, physical and all kinds of ancillary services in a one stop, state-of-the-art building.”

The facility has been funded through a mix of private and public funding, including grants and New Market Tax Credits. The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Community Foundation of Greater Flint and The Carls Foundation in southeast Michigan have also donated major funds to the project.

“We’ve seen a huge need (for mental health services) in this community in the wake of COVID and the water crisis,” said Ridgway White, President and CEO of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. “This project is essential and is an example of how Flint youth and families deserve the best.”

The building was designed by HED and is being built by DW Lurvey Construction. To follow updates on the facility’s vision plan and construction, visit ghschildrenscenter.org.