“There is a very great need in the community for behavioral health services in general — mental health, substance abuse treatment,” said Salomon Carrasco, director of behavioral health programs at United Family Center.
The center has moved from its Fruitland Street location to a larger building at 333 W. Canal Drive, the former Tri-City Herald site, to accommodate expansion.
Friday, September 23 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., it will introduce the community to its growing list of services, provide information about other services available in the Tri-Cities, including assistance for low-income residents, and give short presentations.
Conversations by contributors and community experts begin at 11:30 a.m.
United Family Center opened in Grandview two years ago, then expanded into the Tri-Cities and then Spokane.
In Kennewick, the main services are outpatient substance abuse and mental health services.
That includes mental health or substance abuse assessments; individual therapy, couples therapy and family therapy; DUI review; victims panel; alcohol and drug education for schools.
It recently added a field trainer who goes to organizations and local government agencies, such as schools and fire departments, to provide training on topics such as mental health first aid, recognizing signs of a mental health crisis and responding to autism.
The center hopes to expand in the Tri-Cities to offer counseling services and gang prevention services in schools, as it does now in several school districts in Lower Yakima Valley.
About 80% of the staff speak both English and Spanish.
The center accepts some private insurance and some Medicaid plans and is working to expand those options.