The Franklinton Health Center initiated new family planning, prenatal and obstetrical services during the year, while planning for new dental services for children aged 3 through 16.
An expansion of health services also occurred in the Urbancrest community, with pediatric health services being provided. The Urbancrest Health Center provided general physical exams, treatment of minor illness, immunizations, vision and hearing testing.
Community Center for the Deaf began providing specialized services for the deaf and hearing impaired through “seed” monies from Rehabilitation Services Commission (RSC). These services included interpreting, counseling, case management and consultation and education.
A mobile crisis team was formed which has the ability to respond immediately to community emergency situations such as fire, accident or family death and to provide counseling services to the victims of these crises.
To reflect all of the new directions taken during the year, the Center changed its name from Southwest Community Mental Health and Retardation Center to Southwest Community Health Centers, Inc.
1980 ended with the Board approving the purchase of the formerly leased facility at 854 West Town Street. The purchase, aided by a $75,000 grant from the Battelle Foundation and a $25,000 grant from the City of Columbus, represented efforts of the Franklinton Area Planning Committee and staff to assure continuance of neighborhood services in the Franklinton community.