The Grand Opening on May 11 of the Chester Wellness and Family Resource Center, located at 372 Main St. in Chester, saw a number of community members attend who were interested to learn more about the services offered at the center. Photos by Stacy Fisher

Chester Wellness Center grand opening welcomes community

Plumas County Behavioral Health, in collaboration with Plumas Crisis Intervention and Resource Center, hosted the grand opening of the Chester Wellness and Family Resource Center, located at 372 Main St., on May 11. Guests were served refreshments while learning more about behavioral health programs and direct services that help individuals who live with mental health and/or substance abuse issues.

The center provides a one-stop location for people to not only access mental health services, but also makes available crisis intervention services, such as housing and income-based utility assistance, access to peer and grief counseling services, and sexual assault support.

In addition to these services, the center offers other types of assistance such as access to personal hygiene products, baby diapers, dog and cat food, sign-ups for Medi-Cal, CalWORKS cash aid, CalFresh (food stamps), Home Energy Assistance (HEAP) and Section 8 programs.

Aimee Heaney, MHSA coordinator for Plumas County, said the Chester Wellness and Family Resource Center, funded by Mental Health Services Act dollars, provides space for clinical services for folks in their own community under one roof.

She explained that the idea behind the Chester Wellness Center is to ensure people receive services where they live, and not have to drive all over the county if they need to see a therapist, specialist or service provider, or travel to Quincy to obtain or deliver necessary paperwork.

“Clients can have standing appointments or just walk in to arrange to see a case manager” who will support individuals with difficult issues affecting their lives, said Heaney.

  The Wellness Center is currently open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call the center during normal business hours at 259-4156 for more information.