Motel gets new life as mental health center
Posted at: 09/24/2013 10:14 PM
| Updated at: 09/25/2013 7:13 AM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
It was once a Super 8 Motel having trouble getting enough business. Now, it’s been transformed into a place addressing one of society’s biggest problems: mental illness.
A former social worker and several businessmen were searching for a place to open a mental health clinic.
“There's a huge unmet need not only in the state of New Mexico but across the country,” Lee Simmons said. “Particularly in Indian country.”
Timing was right, and they bought a Super 8 building that wanted to close down. What was inside reshaped their vision. Instead of just an outpatient center, they’d use the rooms, already finished and furnished, to start a shelter mostly for women and children.
Families can stay in the rooms and get counseling together for 30 to 90 days, using the time and safe space to address the causes of issues like addiction.
“Poverty issues, violence issues, unresolved conflict issues,” Simmons said.
The for-profit center, Four Winds Behavioral Health Center, is open to anyone, but will also zero in on nearby native tribes where Simmons says substance abuse is often unaddressed.
The city thinks it will help more than just the people staying there.
“Even in regards to crime it’ll help pull the crime rate back down and help these people achieve,” Scott said.