'There is so much need': New outpatient mental health facility is coming to Madison

‘There is so much need’: New outpatient mental health facility is coming to Madison







This is a render of Longleaf Recovery Center – Madison.




A new outpatient mental health facility is coming to Madison.

It will be called Longleaf Recovery Center – Madison.

“There are so many needs,” said Longleaf chief executive Colin Harris. “There really is a need across our state.”

Longleaf Recovery Center – Madison will be an outpatient addiction treatment center.

The facility will be located in Town Madison near Toyota Field.

Longleaf will not only provide treatment and therapy services, but also additional resources.

“We will also be hosting support groups, retreats, providing meeting space for those who have a vested interest in supporting recovery,” Harris said. “These things being open to the whole community, not just our customers.”

Harris says the facility will be staffed with two dual-board certified psychiatrists/addictologists, as well as six licensed and master’s-level clinicians.

According to Mental Health America, Alabama ranked 50th out of 51 states with access to mental health care last year.

Alabama ranked 45th overall, indicating higher prevalence of mental illnesses and lower rates of access to care.

You can read more about it gentlemen.

“Our state has been pretty underserved for a long time, especially when you compare the options we have here to other states,” Harris said.

Longleaf is a partnership between Birmingham Recovery Center and LIV Ventures.

Harris says that since the Birmingham Recovery Center opened about a year ago, they’ve seen people from all over the state.

“We were also getting calls from the Huntsville, Madison area and people were also commuting between Huntsville and Birmingham to our facilities,” Harris said. “That’s where we first really identified a need up there.”

Construction on Longleaf is delayed later this year.

We’re really excited about this opportunity to bring more programs, more options not just for the people of Madison but for Alabama as a whole,” Harris said.

Harris says construction will take 8 months to a year.

The goal is to open at the end of next year.

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