All Kinds of News for September 13, 2017
Benchmark Transitions is pleased to celebrate 24 years of helping young adults, and their families, treat and heal the challenges of chemical dependency and mental health disorders, and the behavioral issues that are so often related.
On Friday, September 8, 2017, we hosted our annual Anniversary Luau Luncheon, featuring the TK Burger Truck, Sno-Cones and (new this year) - a dunk tank! Staff, clients, local colleagues and friends all got together to celebrate the journey of our dynamic founder and CEO Jaynie Longnecker-Harper. Twenty-fours years ago, Jaynie started Benchmark with one young adult client named Alex, one staff member named Ed and a couch at Ed's home!
Today, Benchmark has over 60 full and part time staff and clinicians and 48 beds for our young adult clients:
- 12 Detox & Primary RTC Beds (6 at our 50-acre ranch, Wildwood Canyon for men and 6 at Panorama Ridge, our young adult women's primary RTC)
- 24 beds at our transitional living houses, Cypress House and Magnolia House
- 12 beds in local apartments in the community of Redlands
We also have our 20,000 square foot Outpatient & Learning Center for our extended care programs - day treatment, intensive outpatient, individual therapy, group therapy, life skills, culinary arts, art therapy, nutrition, case management, job skills and education.
"When I started Benchmark, I wasn't really considering the longevity potential of my program. At the time, I was filling what I saw as a need. I loved working with young adults and their familes and knew that there was really nothing else out there that could provide academic support, vocational traning and also a nurturing, therapeutic environment. I was so touched and heartened today to hear our clients and staff get up and talk about how much Benchmark has helped them change their lives," states Jaynie. "We're thankful to our amazing friends, families and staff to have had such an impact on so many lives for such a long time!"
Benchmark Transitions is not only the longest running treatment program specifically dedicated to young adults, Benchmark Transitions is also the only one that offers a full continuum of care, including sub-acute detoxification, primary residential treatment, extended care (PHP/IOP), transitional living, outpatient and Independent Living Services. They have programs for chemical dependency and co-occurring issues and offer a separate stand-alone option for primary mental health, as well. Benchmark also has an on-site, integrated high school component, where clients can complete a fully-weighted WASC-Accredited high school diplomma, as well as Collegiate Recovery support. Integrated case management and comprehensive therapeutic treatment with experienced and caring clinicians is the key to their success.
"Benchmark Transitions doesn't aspire to be all things to everyone, but we are proud to be the go-to resource for young adults and their families," exclaimed Jaynie, as she cut the anniversary cake and reflected on what she will do in the next 24 years!
About Benchmark Transitions
Benchmark Transitions is a comprehensive multi-disciplinary approach to residential extended care and transitional living for young adults, offering a full continuum of programs including sub-acute detoxification, primary residential treament, extended care, transitional living and independent living services.