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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The plans are drawn, but the Youngstown Community Health Center will hold off on building an integrated healthcare facility, which crews were to break ground on this April, between Turning Point and D&E Counseling Centers in Youngstown.

"We are a medical facility.  We're not equipped to provide behavioral health counseling and so forth.  So, we partnered up with our behavioral health partners within the community to try to integrate the services so these patients when we first identify them as having whether depression or alcohol or drugs we can get them right into their services," said Dr. Ronald Dwinnells with the Youngstown Community Health Center.

Concerns over whether the health center will receive its annual $2,000,000 federal grant in 2015 is one of the reasons why the plans are delayed.  That money helps cover costs associated with treating uninsured patients, a population the center is committed to helping.

"Because of that we really can't commit to anything of that huge of a venture. Everything else we are going to keep as is at this point and it is pretty much a day to day at this time," said Dr. Dwinnells.

If the grant is cut or reduced, Dr. Dwinnells is confident the center can continue to provide care as normal.  Although, he is concerned about changes to the Medicaid reimbursement structure. He says if that goes away or changes, significant cuts to services and staff should be expected.  When he pressed the government for answers, he says they didn't tell him anything.

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