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Napa mental health nonprofit breaks ground on new wellness campus

The Press Democrat - 7/9/2024

Mentis, a Napa nonprofit focused on mental wellness, recently broke ground on a new, 13,000-square-foot campus to expand and centralize services.

The new campus, set to open early next year, will be located at 1272 Hayes St., the former site of Blue Oak Middle School. (The school is moving to a new campus at 1461 Polk St. in downtown Napa, across from Blue Oak Elementary School.)

The new Mentis campus, which is over 10,000 square feet larger than current Mentis offices at 709 Franklin St., will bring all staff under one roof, expand bilingual programming for people of all ages, offer wellness and art spaces for the community, along with serving as a hub for mental health resources, “including both preventive wellness programs and mental health treatment,” according to a news release.

Mentis will move out of its current downtown offices — which are set to become a training facility for senior caregivers — in December, and open services at the new location in mid-January.

On July 2, Mentis celebrated the start of construction with state and local government leaders, along with project investors, such as the Napa Valley Vintners and Kaiser Permanente.

Rob Weiss, Mentis executive director, said that the new campus represented “the future of community-based mental healthcare.”

“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,” he said.

You can reach Staff Writer Edward Booth at 707-521-5281 or edward.booth@pressdemocrat.com.

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