West Yavapai Guidance Clinic recently celebrated its 50th anniversary of serving the community and helping those who suffer from a mental health crisis.
“We have been the safety net in terms of mental health and substance abuse issues,” said West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Chief Development and Communication Officer Laura Norman.“When people have a struggle, they know they can turn to West Yavapai Guidance Clinic”
Norman has seen the growth of West Yavapai Guidance Clinic first-hand in just her twenty years with the organization as she witnessed the installment of services in Prescott Valley and Chino Valley as well as the introduction of more staff, programming and facilities to make services convenient for the community.
As the organization celebrates the accomplishments, West Yavapai Guidance Clinic continues to look forward.
In 2017, West Yavapai Guidance Clinic is set to complete a 1.75 million dollar project and open a first-of-its-kind Crisis Stabilization Unit in Prescott Valley which will remain open 24/7 to serve those who are experiencing psychological distress.
According to Norman, the new facility will have professionals to help individuals who might be severely depressed or struggling with a drug addiction.
“It's a multi-leveled, multi-layered facility and it's unlike anything that we have in this county,” Norman said.
Individuals who are struggling will be greeted by a professional in the outpatient center to discuss the issue at hand. If patients need to stay for observation or medication, they will be moved into the crisis stabilization area where there are comfortable chairs for rest which allows more time for a decision to be made. Additionally, eight beds will be in the facility for those who need to be observed for longer than 23 hours.
Norman mentioned if individuals who come in don’t have Medicaid or AHCCCS, West Yavapai Guidance Clinic will try to help them get signed up so the program can be billed for the care.
“If someone is in crisis, we serve that person in crisis regardless of their ability to pay,” Norman said. “We don’t want that to be a barrier.”
Norman said the unit will also help the community by providing another outlet for law enforcement who might have brought an individual facing a crisis to a local hospital or incarcerated a person who is committing misdemeanors due to a mental health disorder.
The Crisis Stabilization Unit will be located at 8655 E Eastridge Dr. in Prescott Valley and is housed in the old Copper State Bolt and Nut Company building which is currently under renovation for the new facility. The unit is set to be completed and open in the first quarter of 2017.