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Kern BHRS opening a new, peer-led recovery facility

Posted at 5:00 PM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 20:00:22-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Kern Behavioral Health and Recovery Services is opening a new, peer-led recovery facility.

The Recovery Station will officially open on June 1. The facility will only serve individuals over 18 years old. Those individuals must be transported by local law enforcement or other appropriate agencies. Telecare is contracted to provide the facility’s services. A virtual ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. via Facebook.

“Telecare is grateful, prepared and excited to be providing a peer support service model at the Recovery Station to engage individuals towards their personal recovery and wellness,” said Jennifer Hinkel, VP for Development for Telecare.

Similar to a sobering station, a person brought to the facility by designated agencies and providers will be given a chance to “sober up” safely and recuperate. Once sober, staff at the facility will meet with each person to connect them with information on available behavioral health services and needed resources in the community. Staff will also follow-up with that person after their stay at the facility.

KernBHRS plans to open a second Recovery Station in Delano. The Recovery Station will be financed through the Mental Health Services Act’s Innovation Project funding.