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The month of September marked 30 years for the adolescent treatment center of Central Oregon

PHOTO SUBMITTED BY MICHELLE DUFF - Rimrock Trails Adolscent Treatment Center, looking toward the property on Ninth Street in Prineville. Shown in the background is the building constructed in 1998 on the property to include outpatient services, administrative offices, classrooms, an indoor rock-climbing wall, a gym and a weight room.

Rimrock Trails Treatment Services is one of Central Oregon's longest standing and most trusted behavioral health providers, and this month they celebrate 30 years.

The mission of Rimrock Trails is to provide comprehensive, evidence-based treatment services to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by mental health and substance use issues. They create a foundation for healing, strengthening family connections and offering hope for a brighter future.

"We are honored and humbled that for 30 years the Central Oregon community has allowed us to serve the mental health and substance use needs of the most underserved and vulnerable individuals and families in the area," commented Community Relations Manager for Rimrock Trails Michelle Duff. "The community support allows us to create a foundation of healing, strengthen family connections, and offer hope for a brighter future. Thank you, Central Oregon."

Rimrock Trails was founded three decades ago by a group of Central Oregon leaders and community members from Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties who identified a need to create a local specialty treatment provider to serve the region's youth struggling with substance abuse and mental health problems. The group consisted of county officials, city employees, a district attorney, a lawyer, school administrators, teachers, law enforcement, counselors, parents of children with mental health and substance use disorders and persons in recovery.

From their vision and collaborative efforts, Rimrock Trails was born and began operations in September of 1990 as a nonprofit adolescent residential substance use treatment program within the Prineville Pioneer Memorial Hospital. Four years later, the organization acquired property on Ninth Street in Prineville, and in 1998, a second building was constructed on the property to include outpatient services, administrative offices, classrooms, an indoor rock-climbing wall, a gym and a weight room.

The residential treatment program is one of only five in the state of Oregon and serves adolescents 12-17 years of age with substance use and mental health problems. To date, the residential program has served more than 4,000 teens.

In addition to their flagship adolescent programs, they provide comprehensive mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, and psychiatric services for adults, children and families in multiple locations throughout Bend, Redmond and Prineville.

In 2019, they opened a new counseling clinic in the Hanes building in downtown Prineville and also began providing specialty behavioral health services for young children 0-5 years of age in their Redmond location. In addition, they now offer virtual telehealth psychiatry and counseling services for individuals of all ages throughout Central Oregon.

To recognize the event, throughout the month of September, Rimrock Trails held a virtual Birthday Party Fundraiser on their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/RimrockTrails/.

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Advocates and supporters are welcome and encouraged to help Rimrock Trails celebrate by making a one-time birthday gift of $30 or become a member of the Rimrock Royalty Club, the organization's monthly giving program.

For more information, visit Rimrock Trails at www.rimrocktrails.org.


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