Norman Adolescent Center Plans Grand Opening

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The new Norman Adolescent Center will reduce the waiting list for many adolescents in need of residential substance abuse treatment, said Ben Brown, deputy commissioner for substance abuse services at the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

The center will have its grand opening at 11 a.m. Monday at the Oklahoma Youth Center, 320 12th Ave. NE in Norman.

The Norman Adolescent Center, the first state-operated residential substance abuse facility for adolescents, adds 21 beds to a system in vital need of additional treatment beds, Brown said.

Vicki McEntire, NAC acting director, said the program will provide the highest quality adolescent residential substance abuse treatment available in Oklahoma.

The center will house 11 boys and 10 girls between the ages of 13 and 17. Clients will spend most of the day participating in substance abuse treatment activities at the Central Oklahoma Community Mental Health Center, 909 E. Alameda in Norman, and retire to dormitories at the Oklahoma Youth Center in the evening.

"Average length of stay will be three months, with individualized treatment that includes 15 hours weekly of normal classroom work, provided through the Norman Public School System, and a minimum of 22 hours of substance abuse treatment," McEntire said.

Treatment will include individual, family, group and rehabilitation therapy.

The Children's Center

More than 31,000 people visited The Children's Center "Christmas Wonderland 2002" this year, donating more than $40,000.

The holiday drive-thru light display helps raise funds and creates awareness for The Children's Center's mission to care for critically ill children. More than $390,000 has been raised at Christmas Wonderland since 1992.

Christmas Wonderland would not be possible without sponsors who underwrite event expenses and more than 1,000 volunteers who design, assemble, and dress in costume to staff the four-week lights display. Major sponsors include A Taste of Elegance, Diffee Ford Lincoln Mercury, Diffee Motor Co., Express Personnel Services, Farmers Insurance, Ford Audio-Video, Holidays in the Heartland, IG Inc., MidFirst Bank, OG&E, Oklahoma Association of Health Underwriters, Pumps of Oklahoma, Pyramid Restoration, The Travel Center and United Rental.

The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation has awarded a $10,000 Quality of Life Grant to The Children's Center in Bethany.

The foundation awarded a total of $330,456 in Quality of Life Grants to 47 organizations nationwide that improve opportunities, access and day-to-day quality of life for families and individuals living with disabilities.

The Children's Center is planning to construct a post-trauma unit to provide medical and rehabilitative care to children who have experienced traumatic spinal cord and brain injuries. The unit will be added to The Children's Center current facility. …