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Newport Academy Opens New Youth Mental Health Programs in L.A.

April 07, 2021

Newport Academy, which operates a network of programs for teens with mental health disorders, this week announced that it has expanded in the Los Angeles area with the opening of residential treatment centers in the northwest part of the city, along with an outpatient program in Santa Monica.

Michael “Jep” Stokes has been hired to lead the residential programs. Stokes comes to Newport having most recently served as market vice president of behavioral health services for HCA Healthcare. Previously, he served as CEO of an Acadia residential treatment facility and as chief operating officer for Universal Health Services. The residential program leadership team will also include Rebekah Sanchez Norton, LMFT, who will serve as clinical director. Don Grant, MA, MFA, DAC, SUDCC IV, PhD, previously was announced as director of outpatient services for the Santa Monica facility.

Newport Academy’s move to open more mental health treatment facilities in Southern California comes as a Mental Health America report shows more than 13% of California teens had a major depressive episode within the past year and a CDC report notes that 34% of Los Angeles teens reported feeling sad or hopeless for at least 14 straight days, with 13% seriously considering suicide.

The new L.A. programs will complement existing Newport offerings in Orange County, California, and the northern part of the state. Newport Academy said in a news release that it also plans to open more young adult-focused mental health treatment centers in Los Angeles in the coming months.

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