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CoRR’s innovative treatment center opens in Grass Valley

USDA architect Judy Moran, left, Community Recovery Resources Deputy Director Ariel Lovett and USDA State Director Glenda Humiston tour the children's room during the grand opening ceremony for CoRR's 'The Campus' Friday afternoon.

A ceremony in Grass Valley Friday christened the completion of a new facility that is being touted as a nationwide model for the treatment of substance abuse and mental health.

After little over a year of construction where Sierra College Drive meets East Main Street, around 100 supporters and state and local dignitaries, were on hand for the ribbon cutting of a first-of-its-kind facility.

“I think Nevada County has done so many amazing things already,” said Ariel Lovett, deputy director of the facility. “I think this facility is something the community can be proud of.”



The facility is run by Community Recovery Resources (CoRR), a nonprofit organization that has been providing substance abuse treatment and related behavioral health disorders services throughout the Sierra Nevada since 1974.

Funded through 50 public, private and commercial sources, CoRR is calling the approximately $11 million recovery center “The Campus,” which is comprised of four buildings totaling 37,000 square feet, said Phil Rochert, a counselor.




At The Campus, CoRR guests will find the services and support they need in a single setting, including therapy, counseling and psychiatric, residential and medical services with programs that promote self-sufficiency, education, supportive transitional housing, employment and parenting/life-skill training, according to CoRR representatives.

Plans for the new facility were prompted by “epidemic” levels of substance abuse in 2005, a CoRR statement reads.

Benefits of The Campus, located at 180 Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley, are expected to include increased access to and improved methods of treatment, as well as co-located health care, child care and housing. This approach is intended to support individual success, which will increase public safety, decrease public cost and strengthen families, Lovett said.

“One thing we know, if we don’t engage the family system, the individual is less likely to succeed,” Lovett said.

With all these recovery services in one location, Lovett said the best benefit is “integrated care.” Often patients see multiple physicians who don’t communicate with one another, but caregivers at The Campus coordinate their treatment, Lovett said.

In building The Campus, Lovett said CoRR closed its Lake of the Pines treatment center, consolidating its patients in Grass Valley. CoRR estimates the project employed nearly 400 local tradespeople and infused $7.5 million into the local economy. Visit http://www.corr.us for information.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email crosacker@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4236.


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