Spectrum Health Urgent Care
Behavioral Health, Addictions Care Facility is the First in the Region
By Annette Pinder


Spectrum Health and Human Services recently opened the only Urgent Mental Health Addictions Care Clinic (UMAHACC) in the region, located at 1280 Main Street in Buffalo. UMAHACC provides immediate mental health and substance abuse services to individuals with immediate needs.

Cindy Voelker, Spectrum Health’s Associate CEO, said, “We are proud to fill his unmet need in our region. Christine Ziemba, UMAHACC’s Clinical Director describes the cutting-edge clinic as a safe and warm environment able to provide immediate care to individuals with mental health concerns. Anticipated patients will be 18 years of age or older, have Medicaid or Medicaid managed care, and may or may not be linked to other supportive services. Ziemba said the clinic is ideal for those who require immediate care, treatment, and services without requiring a hospital admission.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, who attended the recent celebration, said, “The struggle with addiction and/or mental health issues can leave affected individuals lost and feeling as if they have nowhere to turn. UMAHACC offers an immediate lifeline and services for these individuals.”

Individuals who seek care at the clinic are quickly triaged and provided with immediate referral and access services to support their recovery. It is open Monday through Friday and can be reached at 716-539-6743.

Spectrum Health and Human Services is a Certified Community Behavioral Health Center (CCBHC) providing mental health, addiction, and crisis services that promotes hope, empowerment, and self-defined improvements for adults, children, and families as they recover from behavioral and/or substance use-related disorders. Visit www.shswny.org for more information.