Like many nonprofit organizations, MCC was created to bridge a gap to meet unmet needs. The region’s only public, substance abuse treatment and residential facility closed. A group of local counselors collaborated to create an organization to serve as the area’s resource for licensed chemical dependency counselors.
Twenty-three years later, MCC provides more than LCDC resources.
We employ 80 staff members in both treatment and prevention. We have a 53-bed inpatient facility for adults housed on a seven-acre site in rural west Lubbock. MCC has a 120-adult outpatient treatment program as well as the only affordable youth outpatient program in the 41-county region. We treat adults in need of treatment services, MCC contracts with state providers to prioritize IV drug users, women, and women with children for treatment. The area’s only affordable HIV early intervention program and co-occurring psychiatric and substance abuse disorder program are provided are housed in our facility. While we work with clients to help them achieve sobriety, MCC staff works to prevent our citizens from needing services through our prevention programs.
The regional Prevention Resource Center (PRC) is located within our facility. PRC works with community coalitions, task forces, community leaders, educators, law enforcement agencies, etc., to identify substance use trends and gaps in services for youth in their communities. While we partner with many local groups, MCC’s partnership with rural Hockley County officials is one of our proudest prevention accomplishments. Regional community liaisons work with area leaders while our in-house evaluator collects statistical data. PRC’s regional work informs communities and state leaders of these issues which are published annually.
MCC also provides youth prevention programs in schools for children between nine and 18 years of age living throughout the 41 counties. Our specialized youth prevention programs are designed for subgroups of the general population that are at greater risk for engaging in risky behaviors. These situations include, but not limited to: homeless, a family history of substance abuse, poverty, victim of abuse, etc. Another one of your youth programs targets those who currently experiment with mood-altering substances. These youths exhibit behaviors such as poor decision-making skills, skipping or dropping out of school, etc. All curricula are research-based and facilitated in school or community settings.