Grant to create Spindletop clinic

From left, Rene Thompson, Sally Broussard, Spindletop CEO Dr. N. Charles Harris, Betty Reynolds, President and CEO of Community Health Choice Ken Janda, Pam Cobb and Chalonnes Hoover

Spindletop Center (formerly Spindletop Mental Health, Mental Retardation) received a grant Wednesday, Nov. 14, to expand the scope of its treatment to help clients achieve better health, both mental and physical.

Ken Janda, president and CEO of nonprofit insurance company Community Health Choice, presented Spindletop Center’s chief behavioral health officer Betty Reynolds with a check for $250,000 to open a primary healthcare clinic on Spindletop’s south campus in Beaumont. Janda presented the check in a ceremony before Spindletop management, who represent nearly 400 employees and the 7,000 people with mental illness and substance abuse issues they serve each year. The clinic will allow Spindletop to address clients’ health-care problems such as diabetes, in addition to the treatments that the center offers for mental health issues.

Spindletop serves people in Chambers, Hardin, Orange and Jefferson Counties.