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Ribbon Cutting: Vera french mental health Clinic at duck Creek

On October 11, 2023, Vera French Community Mental Health Center celebrated the grand opening of its second full-service outpatient mental health clinic, the Vera French Mental Health Clinic at Duck Creek in Bettendorf, Iowa.

The demand for mental health services in the Quad Cities has increased by 18% in the past year alone. To meet the community’s growing needs, Vera French began searching for a space to expand their services along the border of Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa in 2021. 

Russell’s development team worked with Vera French to identify the Duck Creek Plaza Building as an ideal location that provided room for future growth, ample parking, and accessibility to bus routes. 

In partnership with Streamline Architects, Russell’s construction team completed the design-build project which included a renovation of the 26,000 s.f. space, updating HVAC systems, adding new LED lighting, and creating ADA-compliant restrooms.

The new clinic made it possible for Vera French to hire 15 new licensed providers which will allow for the organization to serve up to 100 more Quad Citizens per day, providing support services, mental health counseling, medication management, and same-day access to counseling. 

“We are proud to be the development and construction partner for Vera French as they continue to grow and serve the community’s mental health needs within the Quad Cities”, said Jim Russell, CEO of Russell and current Vice Chair of the Vera French Board of Directors.