Mental health center moving

By Ryn Gargulinski: QCS

The Monroe Street building that housed the recently closed Laurel Hills Nursing Home won’t be standing vacant for long, officials said.

By the end of the month, it will be the home of a resource center that serves an average of 250 folks in the community and has been kicking around Quay for more than 30 years.

Mental Health Resources, Inc., (MHR) is the new owner of 1005 S. Monroe, after the facility was donated by Laurel Hills Healthcare of Clovis, LLC, past owner of Tucumcari’s Laurel Hills.

An open house is set for noon on Feb. 27. The entrance will be on Rankin Avenue.

The Mental Health Resource Center is currently located at 300 S. Second St., where it has been since 1978, after first opening on Sixth Street in 1975.

With a staff of eight, MHR Center Director Heidi Fenton said they are hoping to expand in their new location and are seeking another full-time psychiatrist.

“We are a not-for-profit center that deals with substance abuse, teenage runaways, domestic violence, family conflicts and other life concerns that become problematic for people,” Fenton said.

“A lot of what we do is crisis counseling,” Fenton said. “People will be having a hard time with something that may be situational and we’ll counsel them a few times until they feel better.”

Fenton said the facility’s PSI program, or psychosocial intervention, will also make the move. She said PSI is a day program that assists with counseling in addition to assisting people with their social needs and life skills, like how to cook or shop.

Another service that will stick with the program is help for people just getting by.

“Sometimes people need help sustaining their lives — just with housing, food, SSI,” Fenton said. “We also help with that.”
Fenton said MHR will also continue to offer counseling and psychiatric services on a sliding-fee scale to the community. Telephone numbers will not change.

She said the only change that may be in store is having more to offer.

“We found a scrapbook from when the center first opened in 1975,” Fenton said. “MHR offered more services back then. We are hoping the new location will allow us to add to ours.”
MHR Executive Director Robert Bell agreed.

“The facility provides ample, quality space for the foreseeable future,” he said. “It also represents an investment of the part of Laurel Healthcare of Clovis in meeting the needs of the citizens of Tucumcari and Quay County even after they have left the community.”

Fenton said the South Second Street building is being offered for rent to area businesses.

What: Open house for Mental Health Resources at new location
Where: 1005 S. Monroe
When: Noon on Feb. 27
Phone: 461-3013
MHR 24-hour crisis line: (800) 432-2159