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Seasons Center purchases former Twettens' building

Friday, February 1, 2013

The vacant Twettens' building at the intersection of Second Avenue East and East Fifth Street will now be an extension of the Seasons Center in Spencer.
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Long-term plan involves youth care facility

Friday, the former Twettens' building, on the corner of Second Avenue East and East Fifth Street, will reopen for business.

It will no longer serve as a home for upscale interior design projects, but will instead be used to assist Seasons Center in providing a variety of care services to its clients.

"Basically, the short-term plan involves moving people in on Friday," Seasons Center executive director Kim Scorza said. "We've maxed out our space right here in the administrative building. Some staff is moving there, but patients will not be seen there at this time."

The long-term plan looks much different, however.

"We did some strategic planning and identified four goals. One of those goals is to establish a regional children's center in about two years," Scorza said. "Geographically, it fits in. It's just a few blocks away. Ideally, we'd like to have it on site, but we're out of room. This will allow us to offer some specialty services for kids there. We need to get a center that provides services to children. Kind of a one-stop shop."

Seasons Center provides a variety of services for persons of all ages including, but not limited to, psychiatric department care, therapy with evidence-based practices, substance abuse and case management.

Care for children has been on the upswing for care providers at Seasons Center.

"Our volume has picked up a lot. There's just a growing need right now. A lot of kids are in complex and complicated situations. You know any kind of human hurt and that's the type of kids we're seeing," she admitted.

In calendar year 2011, Seasons Center provided client care for 3,907 cases, of which 1,141 cases involved children. Recently completed 2012 saw the number of cases increase to 4,393, with 1,290 of a child-based nature.

"Awareness is part of it. Part of the growth has been because someone heard about it on the news and another part of it comes from an intentional campaign on our part to get the message out about the services we provide. We made a decision to work with schools, providers, court and DHS. We went out and did a community-needs assessment and put together an awareness campaign on how to get the message out about the services and treatment available," she explained.

Scorza said Seasons Center is planning to unveil some additional services, but the local provider is not necessarily ready to begin rolling them out right now.

The center has recently hired Dr. Natalie Sandbulte, a clinical psychologist.

"She hasn't begun to see any clients. We're just trying to get all of the processes in place. She'll be an integral part even before that (children's center) gets started. That's one of the pieces we've been missing here; testing services."

Scorza said the new building will be converted and remodeled in preparation for its use as a children's service facility, which she hopes will become a regional hub for child services.

"We'll be going out to the community and individuals to make it happen," she said. "Our vision for the center in a couple of years is to have the community embrace it and say, 'We want to care for our children.'"

Adolescent care has also experienced an increase as Seasons Center became a licensed substance abuse provider.

"We started seeing patients in July and we've already had to add two additional staff, and we're looking to add two more," Scorza said, noting that her time will be focused on the fundraising campaign and recruitment of new care professionals in the coming months.

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The article states there were 4,393 cases in 2012. Does each case represent a unique individual or is it does it represent every time they saw someone?

-- Posted by IASTATEWINS on Fri, Feb 1, 2013, at 11:52 AM

This is great, unless this is your neighborhood and they are going to eventually have some sort of teen re-hab center right by your house.

-- Posted by Molly Weasley on Fri, Feb 1, 2013, at 1:38 PM

It states their not going to be seeing patients there...but I can definitely relate to the feeling since I have Walgreens in my back yard and who knows what that's gonna be built beside me.

-- Posted by hcsiowa on Sat, Feb 2, 2013, at 1:06 AM

Yes, lets please make sure to build all teen rehab centers out in the country, so as not to offend the delicate sensibilities of the townfolk.

-- Posted by notinia on Sat, Feb 2, 2013, at 1:13 AM

The way I read it, they're talking about providing counseling and therapy to children, not rehab to teens. Still, it's shocking to see how much NIMBY happens in this community. If not there, where? What are you doing to combat the drug issue with teens in our community?

-- Posted by AmyPeterson on Sat, Feb 2, 2013, at 11:33 AM

Great idea notinia. Are teens not subject to the same drug laws as adults?

-- Posted by hcsiowa on Sat, Feb 2, 2013, at 4:03 PM

Not sure what your point is, hcsiowa. Regardless of which laws govern a particular part of the population, a rehab center has to be somewhere. Crabbing that its near a residential neighborhood is just as silly as crabbing that its in a business district and brings down property values.

-- Posted by notinia on Mon, Feb 4, 2013, at 3:03 PM

I realize it has to be somewhere it just sucks hearing semis idleing all night and parking lot cleaning usually starting at 1am with clanking and banging for hours. It just sucks. And there is no way of fully expressing how much of a toll it takes on people. I sleep deeply but my kids dont and they wake up and its guarenteed bad day at school.

-- Posted by hcsiowa on Mon, Feb 4, 2013, at 11:34 PM

hcsiowa-I don't think a teen rehab/therapy center will cause those problems you have with Walgreens. And yes that sucks you have to put up with that. I know Walgreens probably wouldn't care much but you should boycott them. Give your business to someone else if you do shop their for items.

-- Posted by iowafan11 on Tue, Feb 5, 2013, at 9:37 AM

Agreed, iowafan11. I doubt this center, as planned, will have semis idling into the night.

-- Posted by notinia on Wed, Feb 6, 2013, at 12:15 PM

I'm sure those teen rehab centers with their midnight classes with really be a bother for you. Do you think people complain about living by the church that has NA and AA meetings?

It baffles me how ignorant some of the people in this area are. If you don't want to live in a business area, don't. Your property value reflects it, stop complaining.

-- Posted by PleaseThink on Thu, Feb 7, 2013, at 6:33 PM

If ur referring to my complaining,my area was not always a business district I purchased this house before it was... do u think I had a choice as to whether Walgreens purchased the rest of the block? You can remained baffled by ignorance and maybe when u have some personal experience with anything discussed here someone will actually care about ur opinion.

-- Posted by hcsiowa on Thu, Feb 7, 2013, at 10:53 PM

hcsiowa: sadly, you caught the backlash of Walgreens originally wanting to build a block north of its current site. The company had made offers on two properties - the church that has since been torn down for a parking lot, and the big, redbrick pillared apartment building on the east side of Grand Ave.

Both owners had accepted Walgreen's offer, but the sale was blocked by property owners along Grand who didn't want a Walgreens, with its lights and all night traffic and delivery trucks, so close to their homes. As a result, W dropped it's planned purchase of the two properties and built a block south instead.

The property tax on the apartments, after the sale fell through, took a big jump. When the owner called to protest she was told the taxes went up because the accepted offer on the property indicated it was valued at that price. Doesn't matter that the sale didn't go through.

And you, hcsiowa, and others in your neighborhood, are also paying the price. But it seems that no matter where W had built, someone's property would have suffered.

-- Posted by JTennant on Fri, Feb 8, 2013, at 9:00 AM

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