Prestera host ribbon cutting for new Logan location

Karissa Blackburn kblackburn@civitasmedia.com

June 6, 2014

Prestera Center hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thurs., June 5, for the opening of their new Logan Crisis Stabilization and Detox Unit on Dingess St. in downtown Logan.

Karen Yost, CEO of Prestera, addressed the crowd and recognized the continued growth of the organization and the need for a short-term detox and crisis center in the area. Following the ribbon cutting, guests were given tours of the new establishment.

Among the various local officials and guests was City of Logan Mayor Seraffino Nolletti; West Virginia Senator Art Kirkendoll; Ramey Barker, a representative from Governor Tomblin’s office; County Commission President Danny Godby; Sheriff Sonya Porter and many more.

“This is something we hear every day: what are you going to do about the drugs,” Nolletti said. “With Prestera here now, it’s just another tool to try to make things better for our whole county.”

A recurring topic during the ceremony was children being introduced to drugs at such young ages. Yost said that the average age children are first introduced to drugs has dropped from 15 years old to 10.

“It’s an epidemic,” Kirkendoll said. “The age just keeps getting lower and lower. When Dan Godby [Logan County Commission President] and I were growing up the worst people would get into was Budweiser, maybe smoke marijuana, but the mindset of America has been changed by drugs.”

Prestera Center has provided mental health and substance abuse treatment to more than 20,000 people annually since 1967. With the opening of this center in Logan, they are now present in nine counties across W.Va. and 55 locations.

“[This facility] is for individuals who might have addictions but it’s also for individuals who are suffering behavioral-health crisis. It is short-term, designed to allow people to get a little bit more stable, allow us to identify what needs they have and help them navigate the system so that when they leave here they can continue to get the help that they need,” Yost said.

The unit is open to adult men and women, 18 and older. Patients are allowed to stay in the unit until they stabilize. Yost says that time-frame is typically five to seven days, depending on the person.

The services offered are completely voluntary.

“A person here will receive individual therapy every day, a good amount of group therapy everyday. It’s an intensive treatment service to get them stabilized quickly,” Kim Miller, Director of Corporate Development for Prestera, said. “They see the physician every day. They have nurses taking care of them. They have staff monitoring them and they have a therapist here seven days a week.”

Outpatient services will also be available for those interested.

Prestera will be partnering with the county commission, public officials, the police and Sheriff Porter, as well as Logan Mingo Mental Health, Logan Regional Medical Center and the local recovery homes.

“No one entity can handle this problem,” Yost said.

The center is expecting to open next week.