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2011-08-12 / Features

Wellstone Center for Recovery now open

Open house slated for August 18

EVELETH - Range Mental Health Center, along with the city of Eveleth, is pleased to announce the opening of the Wellstone Center for Recovery, providing community based mental health crisis stabilization services.

The center is located at 214 Chandler Ave. in the Eveleth Health Services Park. The Wellstone Center is designed to assist adults experiencing a mental health crisis or emergency. Riley Holm, Project Manager for Range Mental Health, said, “This program has been well planned and we’ve taken the time to hire highly qualified staff to provide caring services to people who may require these services.”

Mayor Robert VIaisavljevich said, “I know I speak for the Eveleth City Council, when I say that the opening of the new unit by Range Mental Health represents a significant economic boom for Eveleth. It not only brings 14 new jobs to Eveleth, but also provides new services for the residents of the surrounding communities. This addition to the Eveleth Health Services Park furthers the goal of providing a diverse medical facility for all that should require specialized needs. The opening of this facility has brought a new level of excitement to Eveleth.”

The program offers individualized services that meet the unique needs of those being served. The program will be licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and is staffed around the clock by highly trained mental health and skilled nursing staff. The facility can accommodate up to eight residents, with each resident provided with a private room.

“The Wellstone Center is a much needed service to the area that will allow individuals in crisis to obtain immediate access to treatment without the significant cost and restrictions of hospitalization,” said Dr. Chad Scott, CSP Clinical Director for RMHC. The program utilizes evidence-based recovery oriented services, including individualized assessment and treatment, illness management and recovery, an integrated mental health and substance abuse program, family education, skills training and discharge planning.

“I am very pleased that Range Mental Health Center was able to partner with the MN Dept. of Human Services, St. Louis County, and the City of Eveleth to make this facility possible,” said Craig Amoth, RMHC CEO. “A special thanks should also be extended to Senator Tomassoni and Representative Rukavina for their leadership and support of this project. It was truly a collaborative effort to bring this much needed service to this part of the State.”

The facility is being named for Senator Paul Wellstone, who was a passionate supporter of mental health services. The Wellstone Mental Health Parity Bill was named in his honor by his colleagues in Washington in 2008. His son, David Wellstone, will be a special guest in addition to local and state dignitaries, at the Dedication to be held on Thursday, August 18, at 2 p.m. An Open House will be held from 1-3 p.m. The Public is invited.

Submitted by Sandra Wallin, Director of Development, Range Mental Health Center, Virginia, MN.

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