Oklahoma lawmaker wants treatment center patterned after San Antonio model

OKLAHOMA CITY - Representative George Young toured the Restoration Center and Haven for Hope in San Antonio last month and said he was very impressed with what he saw.

“It was 22 acres, and we walked over the whole thing. It was really, really really a wonderful, wonderful kind of facility,” said Young (D) Oklahoma City.

The facility boasts 30 different agencies on those 22 acres offering services for the homeless as well as mental health and addiction services.

Young toured it as part of the Southern Legislative Conference.

“They wanted to see if there was some legislative pathway for other states to be able to do something along these lines,” Young said.

It’s kind of a one stop shop.

They even have basic health and dental services and housing for the homeless trying to get back on their feet.

Young said Northcare’s new facility near the fairgrounds could be a potential starting point for something in Oklahoma City.

And, Northcare staff said they’re already working towards that, with big plans for their 23 acres.

“Our goal is to bring community partners that share our mission for serving people who maybe are homeless, are experiencing really hard times with mental illness, substance abuse, other types of psychological trauma. This is a single place where they can come to receive care,” said Northcare Chief Operating Officer Clark Grothe.

Right now, Northcare provides outpatient services for mental health and substance abuse.

And, the crisis intervention center is right next door.

Grothe believes a San Antonio model is possible at their site through expansion even without a lot more funding.

“It think, when we pool our resources as a community, versus all of us out doing our own things, we can create some new initiatives similar to the one in San Antonio without a whole lot of new dollars,” Grothe said.