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Ben Zeno, Casa de Salud's mental health coordinator, stands in the clinic's lobby. Since it's opened in 2018, the clinic has provided low-cost or free therapy to more than 300 people.
Sarah Fentem | St. Louis Public Radio

After years of preparation, Casa de Salud, the low-cost clinic for uninsured immigrants and refugees, is providing mental health services to 100 people a month. 

Early last year, the clinic opened a mental health facility in a renovated mechanic’s garage. To help staff the facility, it provides free clinic space to budding counselors who take on Casa de Salud patients as part of their caseload.

That brings mental health care to patients who need help but often can't obtain it because there aren't enough available therapists or because they don't speak English, have insurance or transportation.