New Ollie Harris Behavioral Health Center Provides Known, Safe Location for Those Needing Help with Mental Health Crisis and Issues

ollie-harris-ribbon-1Shelby, NC – Thursday, May 19, 2016, marked the official grand opening of the new Ollie Harris Behavioral Health Center, located in the Senator J. Ollie Harris Behavioral Health Wing of the Cleveland County Public Health Center at 200 South Post Road, Shelby, NC.

The dedication plaque (shown on left) from the original Ollie  Harris Center sits on display before being affixed to the new building. The plaque is inscribed with the Senator Harris quote, “Helping people in need gives me great joy!” A ribbon cutting was held on Thursday, May 19, 2016, to show off the new behavioral health center in Cleveland County.

Fifty-seven local leaders, health care providers, and family and friends of Senator J. Ollie Harris attended the event to get an inside look at the new facility. They were able to tour the building, speak with provider staff, and hear about the current services available to the citizens of Cleveland County, as well as future programs.

“What a special culture we have here in Cleveland County,” remarked Katie Munger, Healthcare Project Manager for the center. “Over the last few decades, advocates and leaders like Carlos Young and Senator Ollie Harris have shaped the way we treat people in need of mental health and substance use services.”

The Ollie Harris Behavioral Health Center is the result of collaboration between Partners Health Management, the provider agencies offering services at the center, and the community.

Essential to the success of the project was the unanimous support from the Cleveland County Commissioners Jason Falls (Chairman), Eddie Holbrook, Susan K. Allen, Ronald J. Hawkins, and Johnny Hutchins, and Cleveland County Manager Jeff Richardson. Ollie Harris, the grandson of Senator J. Ollie Harris and an advocate for helping those in need, was on hand to dedicate the new facility to his grandfather and perform the ribbon cutting.

Cleveland County Manager Jeff Richardson. Ollie Harris, the grandson of Senator J. Ollie Harris and an advocate for helping those in need, was on hand to dedicate the new facility to his grandfather and perform the ribbon cutting.

Currently, eight agencies – Monarch, Phoenix Counseling Center, Support Incorporated, Alexander Youth Network, Insight, Mental Health America, Sparc, and Pinnacle – are working hard to improve lives and strengthen communities by establishing this location as a safe place in Cleveland County for individuals, families, and children in need of treatment for mental health or substance use issues.

Ollie Harris, grandson of Senator J. Ollie Harris and Katie Munger, Healthcare Project Manager perform the ribbon cutting. The grand opening of the Ollie Harris Behavioral Health Center was held on Thursday, May 19, 2016.
Ollie Harris, grandson of Senator J. Ollie Harris and Katie Munger, Healthcare Project Manager perform the ribbon cutting. The grand opening of the Ollie Harris Behavioral Health Center was held on Thursday, May 19, 2016.
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