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