Mental Health Facility in Visalia to Host Grand Opening

Community members now have a centralized location as an option for mental health services and alcohol and other drug treatment, as the Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency opens its new Visalia Adult Integrated Clinic and Visalia Recovery Center with a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony.

The ceremony is being held from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, November 14 at 520 E. Tulare Avenue in Visalia.  As a part of the grand opening, tours of the new building will be conducted.

"I am proud that District 1 has been able to provide a central location that will best serve clients of the Visalia Adult Integrated Clinic and the Visalia Recovery Center," said Allen Ishida, District One Supervisor. "We anticipate a continuation of the quality services provided by the Department of Mental Health for the residents and clients of Tulare County.”

Formerly the Fairway Market, the building has been redesigned to house mental health services and alcohol and other drug treatment staff under one roof. The new building will also house the Psychiatric Emergency Team and a National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) community team.  

"Tulare County Mental Health Services is proud and grateful for the opportunity to be able to consistently provide high quality mental health and alcohol and other drug recovery services to our consumers,” said Timothy Durick, Psy.D., Director of the Department of Mental Health. “With the grand opening of the new Visalia Adult Integrated Clinic and the Recovery Center, we are now able to provide a one-stop location to better provide these high-quality services, with the added benefit of close proximity to both the Transitional Living Center (TLC) and the East Tulare Avenue Cottages (ETAC) to foster a sense of community."

The Chair of the Mental Health Board and Director of the Woodlake Family Resource Center, Irma Rangel, L.C.S.W., had this to say: “The Tulare County Mental Health Department acknowledges challenges of accessibility and works diligently to address these barriers. This newly combined location for mental health services and alcohol and other drug treatment will significantly increase the opportunity to engage clients in a centralized location where they can more easily obtain the services that the Tulare County Department of Mental Health offers."

The entrance to the Visalia Adult Integrated Clinic is at 520 E. Tulare Avenue, and The Recovery Center resides on the second floor of the building, utilizing a separate entrance and waiting room at 942 Santa Fe Avenue. The adult clinic office in Porterville and the north and south county mobile units will continue to serve consumers as a part of Tulare County mental health services.

The ribbon cutting event is in collaboration with the Visalia Chamber of Commerce.