County Center for Mental Health, Nutrition and Health Education Services Opens in Desert Hot Springs
DESERT HOT SPRINGS – Supervisor John J. Benoit invites the public to the ribbon cutting of the new Riverside County center for mental health, nutrition and health education services in Desert Hot Springs on Wednesday.
The ceremony for the County of Riverside Behavioral Health and Nutrition Services Center will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 15 at 14-320 Palm Dr. in Desert Hot Springs.
“Riverside County is proud to give residents of Desert Hot Springs and surrounding communities easier access to mental health and nutrition services without having to drive far,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “In addition to filling in some of the needs for health and wellness, we are bringing 40 employees to work in Desert Hot Springs and boost the local economy.”
The Riverside County Department of Mental Health and Department of Public Health began providing services at the 25,000-square-foot facility in September.
The mental health department provides culturally sensitive community-based mental health services to children, adults and seniors. Some of the services include outpatient substance abuse programs, individual counseling, group therapy, medication services and assistance with case management.
The public health department operates the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program. The federally funded program serves 3,000 low-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants and children 5 and under. The program provides nutrition and breastfeeding education and support, referrals to health care and community services and assistance to purchase healthy food.
Work on the center will be complete in November 2014. The remaining improvements will increase the mental health department’s staff for expansion of programs.