Home | Classifieds | Place Ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Kudos | Obits | Real Estate | Subscriber Services | Villager | Health Directory | Contact Us
The Verde Independent | Cottonwood, Arizona

home : opinions : opinions February 5, 2016


5/16/2013 1:07:00 PM
My Turn: We couldn’t do what we do without community’s support
Robert Cartia


Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 1949 to help bring attention to the importance mental health plays in Americans’ lives.  The observance provides an opportunity to look back at how far we’ve come, while looking forward to the work that still remains.

Mental Health Awareness Month is a good time for all of us to remind ourselves that mental illness affects everyone, and that our nation has made huge strides in treatment and stigma reduction. Here at the Verde Valley Guidance Clinic, we’ve been serving the community with mental health and substance abuse treatment services since 1965, longer than any other such facility in Northern Arizona. As part of the national trend toward the integration of mental health and physical healthcare, we also now offer primary medical care as well.

Just over 50 years ago, President Kennedy called for a bold, new approach to mental health. This approach emphasized prevention, treatment, education and recovery, instead of shame and stigma. That call for action led to the Community Mental Health Act and federal investment in community mental health centers, which provided an alternative to institutionalization.

That’s where the Verde Valley Guidance Clinic comes in. By offering our clients high quality, recovery oriented treatment right here in our community, we help people seeking recovery stay close to family and friends, jobs, schools, and the other natural supports which enrich all of our lives.

While we feel a strong sense of responsibility to support those we serve, we also have a great appreciation for the support we receive from the communities we serve. Over our 48 years of growth, the Verde Valley Guidance Clinic has received donations of land, time and money from countless donors, volunteer board members, and the municipalities in which we have located our facilities. The cities of Cottonwood, Camp Verde, and Sedona, where our offices and other facilities are located, have been good civic partners.

The Arizona Department of Health Services, Division of Behavioral Health Services and NARBHA, the Northern Arizona Regional Behavioral Health Authority, have provided funding, guidance, and resources to support our work. Our doctors, nurses, therapists, technicians, management and support staff work hard to treat those seeking services with respect and care. The individuals who entrust us with their care and the families who support them all play a role in recovery. Mental Health Awareness Month also offers a great opportunity to say thank you.

We couldn’t do what we do without the support of our community.



Robert Cartia is the C.E.O. of the Verde Valley Guidance Clinic in Cottonwood.


    Most Viewed     Recently Commented
•   Cottonwood man faces numerous drug charges (4427 views)

•   Clarkdale Police recover huge weapons cache (3639 views)

•   Disorderly conduct charge filed against youth basketball coach (3528 views)

•   Heroin a growing societal addiction (1551 views)

•   Court Docket: Jan. 31, 2016 (1448 views)



Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Article comment by: How is VVGC score on meeting NARBA goals for children?

Last time I saw it posted, it was dismal: in more than half the categories, the VVGC scored well below 70%. Have these stats changed at all?

Please give us the link so we can check out on how our tax dollars are spent, and what the community gets in return.




Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comments are limited to Facebook character limits. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit excessive comment entries.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Required
Last Name:
Required
Telephone:
Required
Email:
Required
Comment:
Required
Passcode:
Required
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.
   


Advanced Search

HSE - We want to hear from you
Find more about Weather in Cottonwood, AZ
Click for weather forecast


Submission Links
 •  Submit your feedback about our site

Find It Features Blogs Celebrate Submit Extras Other Publications Local Listings
Classifieds | Place Ad | Galleries | Kudos | Real Estate | Subscriber Services | e-News | RSS | Site Map | Find Verde Jobs | Contact Us
© Copyright 2016 Western News&Info, Inc.® The Verde Independent is the information source for Cottonwood and Verde Valley area communities in Northern Arizona. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Western News&Info, Inc.® Verde News Online is a service of WNI. By using the Site, verdenews.com ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the Site's terms of use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the Site. Click here to submit your questions, comments or suggestions. Verde News Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info Inc.® All Rights Reserved.

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved