An artist's rendering of Ohana, a planned mental health treatment center for children and adolescents in Monterey. (NBBJ Architecture)

Monterey OKs $106 million Children’s Mental Health Facility

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A planned mental health treatment center for children and adolescents in Monterey was green-lighted on Tuesday, August 4, by elected officials. The 55,000-square-foot, 16-bed residential and outpatient Ohana Center will be built just off Lower Ragsdale in the Ryan Ranch Office Park. The facility will help address some eye-opening statistics:

A survey has shown that one in three Monterey Peninsula Unified School District high school students are suffering from depression-related feelings, he said. Nearly one in five has seriously considered suicide. A decade ago the Central Coast had the third-highest suicide rate in the state.

“Our children and their families are struggling and not enough is being done to help them,” said Tim Nylen, a Montage vice president who is overseeing the project. “We will see all children at the Ohana facility […] regardless of their ability to pay.”

Click here to read the article from the Monterey Herald.

Click here to learn about what Bright Beginnings is doing to support mental health in Monterey.