A New Year, A New Center
Fourteen months ago today marked a new epoch in the history of Granite Mountain Behavioral Healthcare. At the time we were very near the bottom. As an organization we had lost our way. This was true financially, clinically, and most importantly spiritually/morally. We had begun Granite Mountain with the pure intention of wanting to help those suffering from a disease, we understood only too well from personal experience, to a solution and a life of freedom. Over several years this intention had been subverted through a combination of personal shortcomings and the environment pervasive in the treatment industry at the time. It was at this point that the founding partners threw their hands up in desperation and looked outside the organization for a solution.
In December of 2016 the beginnings of that solution was found in the hiring of our CEO Jason Turner. Jason came to the organization with a list of demands. Not demands for himself, rather a list of principles that would become the guiding force of Granite Mountain BHC. Principles like community, connection, commitment, and transformation became the bedrock and guiding lights of Granite Mountain. We would, going forward, strictly adhere to the guiding principle of “doing the right thing for the right reason”. This simple idea would guide all future decisions both big and small.
Jason first re-imagined the therapeutic experience, with the introduction of the Recover Strong program. A one of a kind strengths based approach to the treatment of behavioral health disorders including substance use disorder. As a team we then transformed the entirety of the client experience and re-conceived the basic nature of client staff interactions. Discarding the basic assumptions of this relationship pervasive in the behavioral health field one of behavior modification and compliance. Instead we focus on accountability with kindness and confrontation with curiosity. This has revolutionized the day to day experiences of both clients and staff.
In the fall of 2017, with the therapeutic model on a firm footing and clients experiencing wholesale transformation in their lives the team knew they needed to transform the business operations and market development sides of the organization. That is when Jason and I first began speaking and how I became involved with Granite Mountain. (the full story of these organizational transformations is a story that needs to be told. It’s telling however, is beyond the scope of this article. Be on the lookout for our soon to be released video series on YouTube that chronicles this story and the full scope of our organizational transformation.)
Bringing Everything Together
These are all still works in progress. We are not where we want to be yet, but we are far closer than we were. We have many setbacks as we chart a new course for our organization and hopefully the industry as a whole. We also enjoy many sparkling successes. It is one of these successes that has motivated me to write this article for you today. When I first came on board we were operating out of an old business plaza. It had what we needed at the time, but was not a location from which we could really grow into ourselves. Our clinical team was separated by geography from our Recover Strong program, both were separated from our housing. In short it was not ideal. We have recently relocated to Prescott Valley, and as you will see from the images attached to this article, have found our home.
Our Recover Strong program is now at the literal as well as existential heart of Granite Mountain. Clients come to the center in the morning and can receive all their programing in one location. Our staff and clients can meet each day in one location and our open door policy is ever evident as clients and staff connect as fellow community members building bonds and friendships that can last a lifetime. Our new building looks as if it was purpose built for us, though it was not. For us, it is proof positive that doing the right thing for the right reason has its benefits.
We will soon be having a grand opening and hope all will attend (if you are interested in attending please message us) and share our joy and excitement as we begin a new chapter for Granite Mountain. Become a part of our community, and witness the transformation of our individual clients, staff, and our organization. It is going to be one heck of a ride!
I leave you with this thought, that was given to me by one of my mentors, “the best is yet to come”. This is true for us and for you. Until next time my friends.
Your friend in service,
VP of Communications & Market Development
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