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Free mental health clinic organizers welcome input

A plan to create a free center for mental health care in River Falls came into focus last fall, led by the Coalition for a Compassionate Community group.

On Tuesday, Feb. 11, CCC members were joined by mental health care professionals at the River Falls Area Hospital. There, a steering committee formed to develop detailed expectations and actions. 

A basic outline prepared by the Rev. Nancy Holden, CCC chairwoman, specified a series of public presentations called: “Why, Who, How, Where, and When.”

The first of these took place Jan. 19 at the Unitarian Universalist Society of River Falls, with 30-plus people attending.

The second presentation is set for the public library at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25.

Kim Wojcik, Turningpoint shelter director, Gary Campbell, Meyer Middle School counselor, and Holden, a Unitarian minister, will speak about counseling and mental health care needs they’ve noticed in their work with families, students, and members of the recovery community. 

Working in cooperation with Pierce and St. Croix counties and area providers, this project hopes to help fill the gap in access to needed care that exists for the uninsured and underinsured.

More presentations will follow once a month through summer, giving those interested many chances to share needs, offer suggestions, and ask questions. 

CCC hopes to gradually develop definite plans leading to the startup of services within a year.

For more information, contact Holden at