Originally published in the Napa Valley Register on July 6th, 2024

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Mentis staff on Tuesday gathered with elected officials, community leaders and supporters to celebrate the start of construction at its new Wellness Campus, slated to open in early 2025, the nonprofit announced.

Located at 1272 Hayes St., at the former Blue Oak Middle School site, the Mentis Wellness Campus “represents an innovative new vision for community-based mental health, allowing the agency to expand its broad scope of services to reach more community members,” Mentis said in a news release.

“This new Mentis Wellness Campus represents the future of community-based mental health care,” said executive director Rob Weiss.

“Today’s groundbreaking is the first step in creating a community-centered healing space where people of all ages, backgrounds and circumstances feel welcome and supported as they tend to their mental health and well-being. We are grateful to our many partners and supporters who have enabled us to make this shared vision for Napa County a reality.”

Mentis was joined at the event by U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson, representatives for state Sen. Bill Dodd and Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, Napa County Supervisor Joelle Gallagher and Napa city Mayor Scott Sedgley.

Representatives from lead investors in the project, Napa Valley Vintners and Kaiser Permanente, and other prominent supporters were present.

Also in attendance were representatives from the California Department of Healthcare Access, which in late 2022 awarded Mentis a $4.75 million grant through the Children and Youth Behavioral Health Initiative to launch the $14 million project.

With 13,000 square feet of space — over 10,000 more than the current Mentis offices — the new Wellness Campus will allow the agency “to house all staff under one roof, expand its bilingual programming for people of all ages, offer community art and wellness spaces, and ultimately serve as a centralized hub for a full scope of mental health resources, including both preventive wellness programs and mental health treatment,” according to the Mentis statement.

Mentis plans to move out of its current offices in late December. On June 28, Mentis sold its Franklin Street property to The N Result. The sold price was $1.05 million, according to the amount of transfer tax paid.

After “modest renovations,” the building will reopen as the Senior Helpers Center of Excellence, a training facility for senior caregivers, said the release.

Mentis is slated to reopen for services at its new Hayes Street location in mid-January 2025. For more information, visit mentisnapa.org.