In an effort to decentralize and bring county services closer to residents, the Imperial County Behavioral Health Services Department recently announced new locations in Calexico that will open in 2019.
Speaking at an Oct. 23 county Board of Supervisors meeting, agency Director Andrea Kuhlen reported work is underway to prepare three sites for clinic occupancy and finalize the location for a fourth.
“The great thing about this project is that there will be jobs created for Calexico, which is great,” county Supervisor John Renison said at the meeting.
One of the new locations will be at the former Aurora Continuation High School site on Rockwood Avenue. It will house Child and Adolescent Outpatient Services. The site will initially service nearly 400 children with a range of diagnoses including ADHD, anxiety and depression. There also will be intake assessment and medication support services.
Another Behavioral Health facility, the Adult Anxiety and Depression Center, will be located at 1501 N. Imperial Ave. in the former location of the Imperial Valley College Extended Campus.
It will serve those age 26 and over, including patients with post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
Next to this facility at 101 Hacienda Dr. there will be a Youth and Young Adult anxiety, depression and full-service partnership clinic. It will provide services to more than 200 adolescents, including those diagnosed with ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
The expansion will also include a new clinic site for substance use treatment services. The location has yet to be finalized. It would provide services to about 50 adolescents who are diagnosed with substance use disorders.
Kuhlen stated Behavioral Health is making a long-term effort to bring its services closer to all communities in Imperial County, reducing the need for clients to travel long distances to access care.