Tuba City treatment center now open

Photo by Phil R. Begay
The new Navajo Treatment Center for Children & Families and the Family Violence Prevention & Services Act Program is located behind Tuba City Chapter House.

Photo by Phil R. Begay The new Navajo Treatment Center for Children & Families and the Family Violence Prevention & Services Act Program is located behind Tuba City Chapter House.

TUBA CITY -- A soft calm drizzle of rain preceded the blessing ceremony held on Sept. 14 to acknowledge the opening of the Navajo Treatment Center for Children & Families and the Family Violence Prevention Program's new modular building. Several speakers were also on hand to offer support for the services both programs provide in Tuba City.

Approximately 50 individuals attended the open house to find out what services are provided. Informational posters were displayed throughout the building, explaining therapy techniques, victim advocacy services, community awareness activities and the intake process.

In addition to pamphlets, staff provided tours of the center along with refreshments to show their appreciation to all in attendance.

The treatment center provides therapeutic services for children and families experiencing trauma. The Family Violence Prevention & Services Act program provides services for victims of domestic violence and prevention services. The new offices are located northeast of the Tuba City Chapter House, in a white modular building. Office hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"The Navajo Treatment Center for Children & Families and the Family Violence Prevention & Services Act Program would like to give a special thank you to several the people and programs that provided donations, support and blessing," said B. Carl Duncan, family therapist. "We would also like to thank the public and collaborating department staff for attending and showing their support for each program."

His list included:

¥ Frank Nez, a traditional practitioner with the Department of Behavioral Health Services in Tuba City for providing the blessing ceremony.

¥ Sister Frances Vista, executive director of St. Jude Food Bank for providing refreshments and drinks.

¥ Wanda MacDonald, director, and Cherelyn Manson, substance abuse counselor, Department of Behavioral Health Services for setting up and loaning their event tarps.

¥ Lorenzo Fowler, owner of Old Red Lake Trading Post, for providing bottles of water.

¥ Coalmine Chapter for loaning chairs for the event.

¥ LaVon Huskie, Frontier Communications, for hooking up telephones prior to the open house.

¥ Kilroy Johnson, private contractor, for being ensuring the new facility was in code compliance and safe for the opening ceremony.

¥ The Family Violence Prevention Program & Navajo Treatment Center for Children & Families staff, for donating refreshments.

For additional more information regarding either program, call 928-283-3261 /3269 /3270 /3466 /3319.

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