Grand Opening and Supporting Mental Health

“You Are Welcome Here” is the message hanging over the entrance at the New Beginnings Behavioral Health Grants Building. It was felt at the Grand Opening on Friday, February 21st. Community Leaders happily joined to show support with an official town ribbon cutting with McLoud Chamber’s Board of Directors, KTO Chairman, David Pacheco Jr., as well as McLoud City Mayor, Stan Jackson.

Pictured L-R: Rhett Banks, Paulette Jobe, David James, Adam Skinner, Dr. Linda Blunt, KTO Chairman – David Pacheco Jr., McLoud Mayor – Stan Jackson, Dean Hill, Wanda Jackson, Melody Martin

Located just south of the Main Clinic, the 5,400 square feet building has twelve offices staffing thirteen employees. Activities here can thrive with interactive areas to heal and grow, A large sectional area for games, entertaining with a TV for fun movie nights, and a healing garden just right outside. Some offices include areas for art therapy, and the artwork hanging in the hallways creates a sense of home!

Kickapoo Tribal Health Center has five grants that are currently active. These grants are:

  • Methamphetamine Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) Provides Suicide Prevention and Treatment of any age.
  • Native Connections providing suicide and substance abuse prevention services (age focus 12-24).
  • State-Youth Treatment Implementations (SYTI) provides substance and co-occurring treatment, recovery, and prevention (age focus 12-25).
  • Strategic Planning Framework Grant, seeks to forge a comprehensive, integrated, and trauma-informed substance abuse prevention system to reduce underage drinking, strengthen prevention capacity, and provide services to non-reservation, rural, and under-served American Indian youth, aged 9-20 who reside within the area of central Oklahoma served by the Kickapoo Tribe.
  • Tribal Opiate Response (TOR) seeks to expand and enhance the continuum of care for substance abuse services, blended appropriately with current approaches, reduce the prevalence of opioids and their negative impact on health, as well as increase abstinence with the area served by the Kickapoo Tribe.

We want to thank everyone for being with us as we grow and serve the community we love!