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Congratulations, A.D.A.P.T. graduates!

"Be honest, be kind, and be courageous in everything you do," advised A.D.A.P.T. Program Manager Jill Steiner-Dong as she spoke to graduates last week during the program's commencement and recognition ceremony. A.D.A.P.T., an Aldea program in partnership with Napa Valley Unified School District, offers a therapeutic setting for special education-qualified high school students with mental health challenges so they can succeed academically. 
On June 4th, family and friends of A.D.A.P.T. students gathered for the program's annual year-end celebration. Three students received their high school diplomas and other A.D.A.P.T. students were acknowledged for their contributions to the program, school and community. Thank you, A.D.A.P.T. staff, and congratulations to the graduates and their families!

Do you know what is observed in May?

In honor of May being both National Mental Health Awareness Month and National Foster Care Month, help reduce the stigma associated with mental health by talking about it! Participate in Young Minds Advocacy’s “Raise the Standard” campaign: print out a copy of their template (found here), fill in what your wish for Youth Mental Health is and post to your Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #MentalHealthWish.

For more information about these nationally recognized celebrations, please see the links below:

Wolfe Center transition: youth substance abuse treatment in Napa to continue under another organization

Napa, Calif. – April 11, 2014 – After more than a decade of providing substance abuse services for youth, the Wolfe Center will close its doors on June 30th; services will reopen in the same location under another nonprofit. The local nonprofit serves approximately 2,000 youth and their families each year through drug and alcohol abuse prevention, intervention and treatment services at the agency’s First Street facility as well as in Napa County schools. Aldea Children & Family Services is partnering with the Wolfe Center to ensure continuation of youth substance abuse services following the Center’s closure.

 “Although this is a very difficult decision, it is also a great opportunity,” explains Sheila Daugherty, executive director and co-founder of the Wolfe Center. “I’m proud that we’ve been able to help Napa youth avoid and escape the devastating impact of substance abuse. But the board and I agree that Aldea, as the largest private mental health provider locally and also the finest, they can best deliver substance treatment alongside their strong mental health services in a manner to better help our youth.  Aldea also has the infrastructure necessary to best deliver these programs that are so desperately needed.” With support from the Peter A. and Vernice H. Gasser Foundation, and Napa Valley Vintners and Auction Napa Valley, the Wolfe Center will continue operations through June. Aldea, which specializes in a wide range of mental health, child welfare and support services, will begin to receive funding from Napa County Health and Human Services in July to integrate substance abuse services for youth.

The two nonprofits, which have worked closely since the Wolfe Center’s inception in 2004, see the partnership as a natural fit. “Because substance abuse and mental health issues can be closely linked, we serve many of the same clients,” explains Mark Bontrager, Aldea Executive Director. “The Wolfe Center has had a tremendous impact on kids and families in Napa. We appreciate their legacy and look forward to continuing to help prevent and treat substance abuse among our youth.”

Alfredo Pedroza, Aldea Board Member and Napa City Councilmember, echoes the accounts of both executive directors. “At the end of the day, we’re both committed to helping our youth get healthy so they can finish school, get jobs and become successful adults, which ultimately benefits the community for all of us.”

State Legislature honors Aldea Children & Family Services art therapy program

State Senator Lois Wolk and Assemblymember Mariko Yamada honored the Aldea Children & Family Services art therapy program earlier this month with a ceremony and reception at the State Capitol. Children who created the artwork featured in Aldea’s 2014 Children’s Art Therapy Calendar were introduced on the Senate and Assembly floors and were hosted for a calendar-signing reception with their families, the legislative hosts and other representatives.

Aldea, a local nonprofit provider of mental health and child welfare services, publishes its annual Children’s Art Therapy Calendar—now in its 15th year—to increase awareness of children’s mental health issues and raise funds for services.  Through the agency’s art therapy program, children from Solano and Napa counties use drawing, painting and sculpture to work through conflict and trauma with the guidance of trained Aldea therapists. “Ten percent of kids have a serious mental disorder,” explains Mark Bontrager, Aldea Executive Director. “Art therapy helps them to better express their emotions and also improves their self-image. Our calendar shows people how art can be vital to the healing process.”

See images of the reception here.

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