A 15,000 square-foot expansion was recently completed as part of a consolidation of most services, including clinics in Bountiful and a variety of services in Clearfield.
Among comments being received about the new facilities are some from Bountiful and South Davis saying they “appear to appreciate the more professional surroundings,” said Jill Swain, DBH spokesperson.
In an August 2010 Clipper story announcing the planned expansion, recently-retired DBH executive director Ron Stromberg said “the remodeled building will allow DBH to improve the quality of services, consolidate programs currently spread across the county and improve the continuity of care.”
Veteran DBH employee Brandon Hatch was named to the top spot in June.
“With getting so many services in one location, and also the administrative aspects of bringing things closer together, you save money,” County Commissioner Bret Millburn said at the time.
“There is more room for clients,” Swain said, with one aspect of that being the availability of more group and individual counseling areas.
The new facility also brings together substance abuse and mental health services, and provides room to further expand, if needed.
The children’s services area has also been expanded and is being made very “kid-friendly,” Swain says.
For example, all of the hallways in the children’s area are color-coded, making it easier for kids to identify where they need to be.
Paw prints on the wall point the way to the nearest restroom in each area, as well.
A large boardroom is also included, that has already been well used for staff sessions, Swain said.
An example of seeking ways to maximize use of scarce funds, she noted that the boardroom table, which can be enlarged or reconfigured by being made of several parts, was purchases for only a fraction of its original cost from Novell.
There is a large entryway on the main level, complete with skylight and other features – something the quasi-governmental agency under direction of the Davis County Commission never had before in its previous facilities.
The Women’s Recovery Center will continue to operate near Davis Hospital in Layton.
Several programs had been housed in old homes in Clearfield purchased by DBH and its predecessor upward of 30 years ago.
Millburn called some of those old facilities “woefully inadequate.”
A $3 million bond, which is not financed by tax dollars, was sold through Davis County to finance the project, which reportedly cost about $2.4 million. Saunders Construction was the general contractor and Dixon & Associates was the architect.
Over the last year, DBH served 4,600 clients, of which 2,500 were repeat clients.