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Plans to Develop Desert Sage Youth Wellness Center - Hemet, CA



The INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE (IHS)  must construct, appropriately staff, and operate, a youth regional treatment center in each of the 12 IHS geographic service areas.*

Most California American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth are sent out of state for treatment (about 100 each year).  Thousands of Native American youth in California are in need of residential care. 

What we plan to develop:
  • Located at 39990 Faure Road, Hemet;  a half-mile east of Sage Road at Best Road
  • Residential treatment center for AI/AN youth age 12-17
  • Develop  approximately 20 acres, former dry farming and residence
  • Three new buildings; state of the art, eco-friendly (LEED Certified). 32 beds, five family suites, offices, behavioral therapies, cultural gathering, and common space
  • Responsible environmental mitigation and land-stewardship
  • Will employ 70 full-time federal employees with full federal benefits
  • Mental health and medical care
  • Chemical dependency counseling
  • Family therapy
  • Traditional healing services and cultural activities
  • Academic and life-skills education
  • Cultural activities
  • Traditional arts and crafts
  • Aftercare planning

*P.L. 102 – 573   [1992  Amendment to “Indian Health Care Improvement Act,” September, 1976], and P.L. 94-437  Section 704 (b)