Program expands mental health and substance abuse services to rural communities in Northern NV.

GARDNERVILLE, Nev. (KOLO) – It’s November Men’s Mental Health and Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC), an organization that advocates for underserved individuals and communities, is branching out to help those facing mental health challenges in rural northern Nevada.

Through a state-funded grant, they opened two certified community behavioral health clinics (Douglas and Mineral County) that provide person-centered, family-centered care using evidence-based practices to empower individuals through accessible health care.

From a young age, Woodrow Askin dealt with mental health and substance abuse issues.

“I used drugs and had problems with depression,” he said.

In his journey to recovery, he discovered that he needed awareness.

“There was a lack of information about the connection between mental health and substance abuse,” Askin said. “A lot of men think that’s the only way to use drugs and alcohol to cope when things go wrong, and that’s just not true.”

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In an effort to help himself, he began volunteering, which led him to become a lead supporter at Thrive CPLC Nevada Inc. in Gardnerville.

The facility opened in 2021 and is one of CPLC’s subsidiaries. Executive Director Colin Lawrence, EJD told KOLO8 News Now that one of its core services is a 24/7 crisis support line that works in partnership with the local school system and the sheriff’s office.

“We were able to secure a grant from SAMHSA for Northern Nevada, especially in rural areas,” she said. “When someone is in crisis, you want to be able to respond in your most optimal state, and by doing that, each partner comes to the table and can respond together.”

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The center accepts walk-ins and includes family-friendly therapy rooms, even for those with sensory needs, a Zen room, where individuals can stabilize themselves during a crisis.

Thrive also offers telehealth, individual and family group therapy, psychoeducational classes, one-on-one adult classes, substance use prevention classes, medication management, psychiatry and peer support classes.

“Sometimes it’s better to hear something from a peer supporter, right?” Lawrence said. “I want to hear from someone who has been through it.” We have to walk the walk, talk the talk.”

Services are currently free, and those interested in admission can stop by the center (1380 US Highway 395N Gardenville, NV 89410) from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

According to Lawrence, some of the biggest needs in the community include making sure mental health providers aren’t burned out and helping the bilingual community. Thrive is experiencing a shortage of bilingual therapists, however, they do have translation services available.

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The center is available to any child, teenager or adult in need and does not require an appointment. If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 833-240-9017.

The services will be free until the end of February when the grant expires. After that, Thrive will seek other grants or look to apply to Medicare. Lawrence said people shouldn’t hesitate to seek services, however.

“We want to make sure they’re still walking through our door and we’ll figure it out.”

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