A new residential treatment center helps local teens receive substance abuse and psychiatric services without having to leave the area, or the state.

Devereux Arizona opened the 10-bed facility on April 7, said Debra Howard, Devereux Arizona’s community outreach and marketing manager.

Devereux RTC, as it’s called, is the only place in Southern Arizona offering residential treatment for young adults, ages 12-17 The only other in Arizona is Sweetwater, in Scottsdale, said Sunshine Turner, assistant director of Devereux RTC.

“We’re really excited. There’s been a need for this in our community for some time,” she said. “We’re excited to have kids be able to stay here and not have them have to leave the city, or even leave the state, for the care they need.”

Devereux was awarded the contract last year by the Community Partnership of Southern Arizona.

“Devereux has demonstrated a strong commitment of providing services to children with complex needs,” said Neal Cash, president and CEO of CPSA. The centrally located treatment center serves adolescents with emotional, behavioral and substance abuse challenges. Many have experienced trauma in their young lives.

“It’s been well over a decade since this level of inpatient treatment has been offered locally,” said MaryAnne Nelson, probation and placement supervisor with the Pima County Juvenile Court Center.

The goal of Devereux RTC is to help them develop better coping and social skills so they can return home, or to a community setting.

Devereux is a nonprofit with centers in 11 states.

Contact reporter Patty Machelor at pmachelor@azstarnet.com