All Kinds of News for January 09, 2019
ATLANTA – Skyland Trail announced that the campus for its new residential treatment program for teens ages 14 to 17 will be named the J. Rex Fuqua Campus in honor of Rex Fuqua, who has served on the Skyland Trail Advisory Board since 1990 and the Board of Directors since 2001. The new campus, which broke ground in May of 2018 and is slated to be completed in the fall of 2019, will include a treatment facility, residential hall, and therapeutic outdoor spaces. The J. Rex Fuqua Campus and adolescent treatment program will expand the Skyland Trail continuum of care which currently includes psychiatric residential, day treatment, and outpatient programs for adults ages 18 and older.
“Rex has been the heart and soul of the campaign to develop this adolescent campus," said Beth Finnerty, president and CEO of Skyland Trail. "Rex sat across the table from funders and described in his own words the intense and immediate need for this program in Atlanta. Donors listened.”
“One of the biggest gaps we have in the treatment of mental illness in Atlanta was the treatment of adolescents,” said Rex Fuqua. “There has been a tremendous increase in the rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide in this age group. I’m grateful to all the foundations and individuals who are making this important project possible.”
In addition to his work on the adolescent campus, which included raising more than 21 million dollars to fund its construction and development, the J.B. Fuqua Foundation helped raise funds in 2015 to build a residential treatment center for young adults between the ages of 18 to 25. Fuqua has also financially supported the community mental health education initiative The Dorothy C. Fuqua Lecture Series, named after his mother.
About Skyland Trail
Located in Atlanta, Skyland Trail is a nationally recognized, nonprofit mental health treatment organization serving adults ages 18 and older with a primary psychiatric diagnosis. Through our residential and day treatment programs, we help our clients grow, recover and reclaim their lives. We’re focused on individuals with complex mental health issues, helping them understand that they can be – and are – more than a diagnosis. We offer expert, evidence-based psychiatric care alongside a compassionate, holistic path to wellness. Our integrated mental, medical, and social model helps clients develop strategies to improve mental health, physical wellness, independence, and relationships with family and friends. Unique therapies offered include music, art and horticultural therapy; workforce and school readiness; primary care services; family therapy; and healthy living and nutrition coaching.