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CALM renovation

The CALM Center’s renovation capital campaign is less than $10,000 from its $1.3 million goal, and we need your help to make it the rest of the way.

The CALM Center, 6126 E. 32nd Place, a state leader in children’s crisis care, has served well over 4,000 children and families and operated around the clock since 2008. It is eastern Oklahoma’s only crisis stabilization center for youth and one of only three in the state, filling the gap between outpatient care and inpatient/residential care. Demand has put a strain on the current facility and its ability to best serve children and their families.

Leaving a child for seven days of treatment is a difficult decision. A welcoming, peaceful environment helps ease anxiety for parents/guardians. Planned renovations will create a larger, more welcoming lobby, new multipurpose room for family visits and education, and two new offices for admissions and counseling.  The project will add 1,312 square feet to the current 6,018 square feet and make improvements throughout the building.

To see a story by KTUL Channel 8’s Lauren Partain, follow this link.

The community response has been phenomenal for the renovation campaign as well as for the CALM Center since it opened. The goal is to begin renovations this summer. We hope individuals, business and foundations will help us reach $1.3 million to make it possible.

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Using the Sanctuary Model of care, CALM Center results are substantial. Depression symptoms drop by 45 percent and anxiety symptoms decrease by 53 percent. With most connected to further outpatient care, only 6 percent of clients are discharged to a higher level of care.

As children leave, they write letters thanking staff for changing their lives. Here are three:
“You inspire me to do something good with my life. One day I want to do what you do. Thank you.”
“This program is amazing and it truly does help… Thank you for the good times and the good food, for the lessons you taught me and for being so kind to me.”

“For the seven days each of us are here we are getting a break away from our problems, our situation, and while we are away from those, we see each of you as our protectors, our caretakers. Our protectors, staying up while we are at our weakest (sleeping), letting us talk when broken. Our caretakers feeding us warm meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

For some kids, they have been through so much the love has been lost along the way, but I know when they come here they will be able to take a breath and smile at the fact of being a part of a loving community. This place is blessed to have every one of you. Thank you so much for being a part of (my) journey and teaching me so much. I will carry it along day by day. Have a blessed life and Bless each kid’s life that comes in here.”

Most private insurance does not cover the cost of CALM Center treatment. Some children’s care is funded through either the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services or the Oklahoma Health Care Authority’s SoonerCare. Others are served due to generous individual and foundation donations. No child is turned away due to inability to pay. Families also do not leave with a bill thanks to the community’s generous support.

The CALM Center is part of Counseling & Recovery Services of Oklahoma, a nonprofit community mental health center founded in 1982 that provides mental health and substance abuse services to all ages.