After a two-year capital campaign that successfully raised 1.3 million, The CALM Center’s renovation is complete. An Unveiling, Ribbon Cutting and Open House Celebration will be held on Wednesday September 25th from 2 – 5pm.
The CALM (Child and Adolescent Life Management) Center has provided immediate crisis support for over 4,000 Oklahoma youth ages 10-17 and their families around the clock since 2008. It is the only youth crisis stabilization center in eastern Oklahoma and one of only three in the state, filling the gap between outpatient care and inpatient/residential care. With an increased demand for this critical care, these renovations were needed to create a larger, more welcoming lobby, new multipurpose room for family visits and education, and new offices for admissions and counseling.
“The support we received from individuals, businesses and especially Foundations was critical in making the renovation possible,” CEO and Executive Director Dr. Bryan Blankenship said. “Without our donors, this wouldn’t have happened.”
The Center is a safe and caring place for youth in need of immediate stabilization of an emotional, behavioral and/or substance abuse crisis. The Center provides treatment for up to seven days. Admission is available day or night, seven days a week and no one is ever denied services based on income.
“For years, The CALM Center has been providing care to teens and families without regard to their ability to pay,” says Matthew Crum, CALM Center Director. “This renovation demonstrates how dedicated the caring citizens of Green Country are to maintaining a safe, clean environment for children to continue receiving this needed aid.”
Using the Sanctuary Model of Care, CALM Center results are substantial. Depression symptoms drop by 54 percent and anxiety symptoms decrease by 60 percent. With most youth connected to further outpatient care upon leaving the facility, in the last 3 years, less than 2 percent are discharged to a higher level of care.
The CALM Center is part of Counseling & Recovery Services of Oklahoma, a nonprofit Community Mental Health Center, under contract with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services, founded in 1982 that provides mental health and substance abuse services to all ages.