Catalpa Health announced plans to open its new clinic on Oct. 1.
The clinic will be located inside the Waupaca Woods Mall, at 825 W. Fulton St.
Catalpa Health is a mental health provider for children and teens in the Fox Valley.
The clinic will serve nearly 350 people who previously had to make 2,000 trips to the Fox Cities from the Waupaca area.
The $50,000 grant from the Tim and Joy Neuville Family Fund will help to cover the start-up costs at the new clinic.
Catalpa Health will need additional donations to support the project.
“We are just blown away by the support of the Neuvilles and the community as a whole,” Lisa Kogan-Praska, president and CEO of the Appleton-based Catalpa, said. “Catalpa is committed to making it easier for children to access mental health services, regardless of geography and this grant is helping us make that possible for families in west-central Wisconsin.
The clinic’s location will also be home to office space for NAMI Fox Valley and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
“Catalpa and NAMI Fox Valley share a strong collaborative relationship and co-locating our Waupaca operations will allow us to even further deepen the impact of the synergies that result from our frequent work together,” said NAMI Fox Valley executive director, Maren Peterson.
“Big Brothers Big Sisters has been serving the Waupaca community remotely for years now and is thrilled at this opportunity to be a more visible, consistent and responsive presence in the community,” Lindsay Fenlon, executive director for Big Brothers Big Sisters said. “By having a shared space at the new Catalpa clinic, we have a home base and can better serve and engage our Waupaca children, families and volunteers.”
The three major health systems in the Fox Valley – Affinity Health System, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and ThedaCare – teamed up to form Catalpa Health after the 2011 Fox Cities LIFE (Local Indicators for Excellence) study indicated children and teens in the area needed better access to mental health care.