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The Substance Abuse Residential Services location will provide an intense treatment program for men and women 18-years-old and over in a 30 day substance-free and therapeutic environment.

The facility will house up to 10 participants who go through an eight-hour-a-day treatment program. Initial treatment offers more than outpatient care in that they reside at the facility. After completing the main portion of the program, they can continue treatment on an outpatient basis with meetings and therapy appointments.

BHACA has added experienced staff members to aide the participants in individualized therapy, identifying addictive problems, accessing community supports and resources, changing lifestyles and accomplishing goals.

Director of the the new facility, Roberta Dreyer, has earned Substance Abuse Certified Counselor training. She and the staff of five Behavioral Health Technicians who have gone through training, will give the participants the support and rehabilitation skills they need. Members of the current staff have also gone through training and will assist at the facility as needed.

“This is the first time a facility of this nature has been provided in the area since 1991,“ said Norman Mudd, CEO, at the ribbon cutting.

“It will be a great advantage to have a local facility for those in the area to go to.”

BHACA’s previous facility closed in 1991 due to funding , forcing those needing treatment and their families to go to Phoenix or Tucson.

The program accepts those who have been diagnosed with substance abuse within Pinal and Gila Counties. Participants from around the state will also be accepted, however, the majority will come from the local area The facility is expected to be in such demand and recommended to so many, that there will soon be a waiting list for participants.

Community response to the new facility has been positive according to Connie Dewald, Contracts Director of BHACA.

“We appreciate the community support and those who have showed interest in the facility with recommendations. Substance abuse is a big problem in the nation and in the area. We hope people will come for the kind of treatment we offer, ” said Dewald.

Other presenters at the open house and ribbon cutting were: Jessie M. Hillis, BHACA Chairperson, Board of Directors; Ed Zborower, Office of Substance Abuse from Arizona Department of Health Services; Jack Beveridge, CEO and Jack Barrett, Member, Board of Directors from Pinal Gila Behavior Health Association.

Mayor of Casa Grande Robert Mitchell and Terry Billingsley, Chairman, Board of Directors from the Greater Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce, also said a few words of support and welcomed the new treatment facility.

BHACA has provided crisis intervention, counseling, psychiatric services, vocation rehabilitation, prevention domestic violence services, community integration and habilitation, adult services and children and family services in western Pinal and Gila Counties since 1975. This newest edition will continue to enhance the quality of life for area residents.

For more information on BHACA services call 520-836-1688.