Gov. Edwards cuts ribbon on substance abuse treatment center for kids in Pineville

PINEVILLE, La. (KALB) - On Wednesday morning, Governor John Bel Edwards cut the ribbon on a substance abuse treatment center for children and teens in Pineville.

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The 16-bed inpatient facility treats children ages 12 to 17 who are frequent substance users.

Gateway Adolescent Treatment Facility opened their doors last week, and already have a handful of patients.

After having to unexpectedly discontinue services earlier this year, the Chief Executive Officer of Red River Healthcare says he hopes these continued services will help teens go down the correct path.

As for Governor Edwards, he says he’s thrilled to have a service like this available right here in Central Louisiana.

"This is a big deal," Edwards said. "Sixteen beds in Central Louisiana here in Pineville for youth who are addicted and they range from age twelve to seventeen because if we can get them off this path and get them back into education and get them clean and sober and really treat and resolve these problems, then we know that they're going to be contributing members of society for the rest of their lives."

Along with the adolescent facility, there’s also a Red River facility for adults.

Red River is planning to remodel a facility in Tioga to provide service to more people soon.

If you or someone you know would like more information about either facility, you can contact Red River Health Care at 318-441-5900.

For information about outpatient care, you can call 318-484-6850.

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