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New $5.2M center for children with behavioral issues to open

November 12, 2018

In this undated photo, a rainbow design starts on the façade and continues into landscaping in front of the new WellFully Premier Adolescent Care Center in Rapid City, S.D. The facility for children dealing with chemical dependency or behavioral issues will move into a new $5.2 million care center November 2018. (Jim Holland/Rapid City Journal via AP)

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Rapid City residential facility for children struggling with chemical dependency or behavioral issues will move into a new $5.2 million treatment center this week.

WellFully is transitioning into its new Premier Adolescent Care Center after outgrowing its former Rapid City treatment locations for at-risk children ages 10 to 17. The new 47-bed facility can now treat more children per year and expand WellFully’s medical and mental health services, according to the organization’s website.

About 27 children will begin living at the care center this week, the Rapid City Journal reported.

Officials said the new center was designed with bright colors and vast window space to contribute to a feeling of openness and healing.

“When someone is struggling, you don’t want them to be in a deep, dark facility,” said Burke Eilers, WellFully’s chief executive officer. “It’s bright and cheerful and exciting. That’s actually therapeutic.”

The center features separate residential wings for those in chemical dependency treatment and those undergoing treatment for family and behavioral issues. The chemical dependency unit is the only existing facility for such treatment in the region of South Dakota west of the Missouri River, according to board chairman Dan Maguire.

Funding for the space came from a more than $1 million donation from the city’s Vision Fund, along with grants and other donations. WellFully administrators are seeking another $3 million to help pay off the building.

Residents at the facility were asked to help with the branding of the new facility. One teen redesigned the logo and another girl created the name WellFully, Maguire said.

“She said, ‘I’m here to get fully well,’” Maguire said.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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