The Guidance Center News

 The Guidance Center Welcomes New Psychiatrist

Daily Sun - January 31, 2016

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 The Guidance Center Offers New Programs to Those in Crisis

Daily Sun - December 22, 2015 
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More Coordination in Behavioral Health Services

Daily Sun - December 221, 2015 

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The Guidance Center Sponsors Annual Drug Free Zone

Daily Sun - 2015

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The Guidance Center Offers Free Mental Health First Aid Training

Daily Sun - September 20, 2015

The Guidance Center will offer a free training on Mental Health First Aid to the public on Oct. 15 and 16. [Read more]

Flagstaff Focuses on Suicide Prevention

Daily Sun - September 11, 2015

According to the World Health Organization, more than 800,000 people worldwide take their own lives each year. In fact, suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15- to 29-year-olds. The Flagstaff Police Department responded to seven suicides and 24 attempted suicides in 2014 alone, including two teenagers who killed themselves on the train tracks. [Read more]

The Guidance Center: A Leader in Behavioral Health

Flagstaff Business News - June 27, 2015

Established in 1969, The Guidance Center (TGC) is a Community Mental Health Center that offers a full range of Behavioral Health programs and services for children, adolescents, adults and families. Services are tailored to meet individual and family needs. [Read more]

Caring for Flagstaff's street alcoholics: Challenging, but moving forward

Arizona Daily Sun - April 12, 2015

In early 2001, the community took up the issue again and an Intake Triage Unit was created at The Guidance Center half a decade later. The purpose of the ITU, now called an Alcohol Stabilization Unit, was to offer an alternative to jail or the hospital in some instances for some chronic public alcoholics, and to bring services to them to get them to start think about moving out of a life on the street. [Read more]

The Guidance Center Receives the Joint Commission's Highest Accreditation

Flagstaff Business News - March 18, 2015

Following a lengthy and rigorous inspection, The Guidance Center recently received full accreditation for its hospital and behavioral health operations from the Joint Commission, a national accreditation organization whose standards are among the highest. [Read more]

Police focus on mental health

Arizona Daily Sun- January 18, 2015

The Flagstaff Police Department's commitment to mental health is stronger than ever as its employees search for healing after the death of one of their own. [Read more]

Holidays a Time for Suicide Awareness

Arizona Daily Sun- December 21, 2014

The holidays are supposed to be a season of joy, a time when loved ones come together to celebrate the traditions they hold dear. But for some people, loss, loneliness, depression and other mental health issues can make getting through the holiday season a life-or-death struggle.[Read more]

As National and State Numbers Spike, an Uptick in Local Opioid Treatment

KNAU Arizona Public Radio - February 17, 2014

In recent years, heroin use has skyrocketed in the U.S. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, after three deaths last month in Flagstaff that police suspect resulted from overdoses, use of and access to the drug seems to have also spiked in northern Arizona. [Read more]

Guidance Center donates van to Family Food Center

Arizona Daily Sun- February 09, 2014

The Guidance Center recently donated a 16-passenger van to the Flagstaff Family Food Center, Food Bank and Kitchen. [Read more]

New front on underage drinking opens in Williams, Sunnyside

Arizona Daily Sun - January 16, 2014

A new prevention grant coordinator hired by The Guidance Center will consider alcohol prevention strategies in partnership with the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association and the Williams Alliance... [read more]

Coconino County Inmates: Mental Illness

NAZ Today- October 22, 2013 

NAZ Today reporter, Virginia Bemer, reports from Coconino County Jail on the hardships that inmates with mental illnesses face. Many inmates who have mental illnesses fear reentering society due to the social stigma on mental illness. Other are released after being stabilized on medication, and become destabilized after being taken off said medicines, which often leads back to jail.[read more]

 Do NOT go to jail

Arizona Daily Sun - June 09, 2013

A three-day series. In 2000, the county completed a new bigger jail near the old sawmill off Butler Ave. The new jail, made possible by a deducted sales tax, was build to replace an overcrowded jail downtown... [read more]

A day in the Life: Becoming an R.N. - Stat!

Arizona Daily Sun - July 16, 2013

On the east side of Flagstaff, NAU nursing students sometimes spend their mornings checking the blood pressure of the area's homeless popluation... [read more]

Suicidal subjects back at Guidance Center

Arizona Daily Sun - September 24, 2012

After two months of scrambling to make sure that people who are considered a danger to themselves or others get the help they need, the county has extended a contract to a local mental and behavioral health agency to provide the service... [read more]

North Country, Guidance Center merging mental, physical care

Arizona Daily Sun - March 07, 2012

People with serious mental illnesses die about 32 years earlier, on average, than other individuals in Arizona for a combination of reasons... [read more]