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Ribbon cutting planned for new Counseling Center complex on July 22

Located west of downtown, the complex is at 436 Elks Lodge Road and the commemoration begins at 10 a.m.

The Osage Nation is hosting a ribbon cutting event for its newly built Counseling Center complex in Pawhuska on July 22.

Located west of downtown, the complex is at 436 Elks Lodge Road and the commemoration begins at 10 a.m. with Nation government officials attending, as well as ON Health System and Counseling Center officials who worked on the project planning and funding its construction. When the doors open, the Counseling Center will comprise facilities for residential treatment, administration offices and outpatient services to serve the public.

According to a news release, the Counseling Center, under the oversight of the Si-Si-A-Pe-Txa (Health Authority) Board, is comprised of “a multidisciplinary team focusing on comprehensive services specific to women, men, and soon to be announced, adolescents. Counseling services include mental health, substance abuse, marriage and family, school-based and trauma-focused.”

“Peer recovery and case management services include: assistance with legal problems, medical care, social services, financial training, social support, housing assistance, literacy training and educational needs. Residential services include: a 90-day treatment focusing on relapse prevention, anger management, Wellbriety, the 12-steps, and trauma with an emphasis on cultural connection. Outpatient services are available to all members of the community, while residential services are exclusively available to members of any federally-recognized Tribe.”

According to ON Health System, the Counseling Center complex comprises 22,500 square feet of infrastructure including:

  • Men’s Primary Residential Treatment (PRT) facility (approximately 4,500 square feet).
  • Women’s PRT facility (approximately 4,000 square feet).
  • Adolescent PRT (approximately 6,000 square feet).
  • Men’s and women’s Transitional Living (approximately 3,000 square feet).
  • Outpatient building (approximately 5,000 square feet).

The complex project, including land purchase and property development, was funded with $15.3 million of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding awarded to the Nation, the release stated.

Construction, consulting and engineering firms who worked on the project include: 1Architecture, Wallace Design Collective, Builder’s Unlimited and Blue River Architects.   

Author

  • Benny Polacca

    Title: Senior Reporter

    Email: bpolacca@osagenation-nsn.gov

    Instagram: @bpolacca

    Topic Expertise: Government, Tribal Government, Community

    Languages spoken: English, basic knowledge of Spanish and French

    Benny Polacca (Hopi/ Havasupai/ Pima/ Tohono O’odham) started working at the Osage News in 2009 as a reporter in Pawhuska, Okla., where he’s covered various stories and events that impact the Osage Nation and Osage people. Those newspaper contributions cover a broad spectrum of topics and issues from tribal government matters to features. As a result, Polacca has gained an immeasurable amount of experience in covering Native American affairs, government issues and features so the Osage readership can be better informed about the tribal current affairs the newspaper covers.

    Polacca is part of the Osage News team that was awarded the Native American Journalists Association's Elias Boudinet Free Press Award in 2014 and has won numerous NAJA media awards, as well as awards from the Oklahoma Press Association and SPJ Oklahoma Pro Chapter, for storytelling coverage and photography.

    Polacca earned his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and also participated in the former American Indian Journalism Institute at the University of South Dakota where he was introduced to the basics of journalism and worked with seasoned journalists there and later at The Forum daily newspaper covering the Fargo, N.D. area where he worked as the weeknight reporter.

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Benny Polacca
Benny Polaccahttps://osagenews.org

Title: Senior Reporter

Email: bpolacca@osagenation-nsn.gov

Instagram: @bpolacca

Topic Expertise: Government, Tribal Government, Community

Languages spoken: English, basic knowledge of Spanish and French

Benny Polacca (Hopi/ Havasupai/ Pima/ Tohono O’odham) started working at the Osage News in 2009 as a reporter in Pawhuska, Okla., where he’s covered various stories and events that impact the Osage Nation and Osage people. Those newspaper contributions cover a broad spectrum of topics and issues from tribal government matters to features. As a result, Polacca has gained an immeasurable amount of experience in covering Native American affairs, government issues and features so the Osage readership can be better informed about the tribal current affairs the newspaper covers.

Polacca is part of the Osage News team that was awarded the Native American Journalists Association's Elias Boudinet Free Press Award in 2014 and has won numerous NAJA media awards, as well as awards from the Oklahoma Press Association and SPJ Oklahoma Pro Chapter, for storytelling coverage and photography.

Polacca earned his bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and also participated in the former American Indian Journalism Institute at the University of South Dakota where he was introduced to the basics of journalism and worked with seasoned journalists there and later at The Forum daily newspaper covering the Fargo, N.D. area where he worked as the weeknight reporter.

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