Wellness Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Talk Wed June 14 2pm

Lorna Jones, Bonita House Exec. Dir.

Bonita House, in partnership with the City of Berkeley and Alameda County, is opening a Wellness Center at 1909 University Ave. (the old Blick Art Materials store) serving serving adults and transition age youth with mental health disabilities and substance abuse disorders. The center is expected to open around January 2018 once they complete their build out. Current plans are to operate weekday business hours with occasional Saturdays hours also.

Lorna Jones, the Bonita House Executive Director, will be meeting with merchants, businesses, nonprofits and property owners Wednesday June 14, at 2pm, to brief everyone on their plans for the Center, answer questions, hear concerns, explore how the community might be engaged in the planning process, and discuss ongoing Center operations and community outreach. The meeting will be held at the Berkeley Chamber conference room on the second floor of 1834 University Avenue.

About Bonita House from the website: Bonita House, Inc., (BHI) is a private non-profit mental health agency offering a range of services for adults diagnosed with co-occurring serious psychiatric disabilities and substance use disorders, including intensive residential treatment, supported independent living programs, housing and supported employment, outpatient case management and clinic services.   Our outpatient day rehabilitation program works both with adults who have single mental health diagnosis as well as those who are dual-diagnosed.

Based on a social rehabilitation, strengths-based treatment model,  Bonita House was developed in 1971 as a humane alternative to traditional psychiatric institutionalization.

Since 1991, BHI has evolved into a specialized dual-diagnosis agency for Alameda County community mental health clients.  We are also able to take private referrals into our residential treatment and supported independent living programs.  We work with clients and their families towards dual-recovery.  We know that when evidence-based practices are used within a nurturing, respectful community, recovery from both disorders is real and attainable.

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