Eminence Healthcare closes abruptly, leaves hundreds of teens without counselors
Eminence Healthcare, a drug addiction treatment company that helps teenagers in the valley, shut down without warning Tuesday night, leaving hundreds of teenagers to find out Wednesday their daily support system no longer exists.
“I was always looking forward to the end of the day – Oh look, I get to go to this class! I get to go to her class now! Now I don’t. Now I don’t have nothing to look forward to,” said Manuel Morales, a high school junior in the Eminence Healthcare Program.
Morales found out Wednesday that the counselor he’s seen every day for two years won’t be at his school anymore.
Me and another classmate were just like, damn, that’s some B.S. I feel sad, I feel hurt,” said Morales.
Brianna Smith is Morales’s counselor.
She got an email Tuesday while she was at work, that read in part, “All employees of Eminence Healthcare Services LLC are terminated as of 5pm today... Come by and collect your final paychecks.”
“The first day of school, I had kids running into my classroom, going ‘Mrs. Bri! Mrs. Bri! I stayed sober all summer long!’ I mean, just to give that high five and see that ah-hah, and that spark in them, I mean, something clicked. And I didn’t get the chance to make that click happen this year, and it’s unfortunate,” said Smith.
Not even the school district knew this was coming.
“I have called the owners, and left messages, but as of today, I haven’t received any information back as to why this occurred,” said cane Christiansen, the Director of Student Support Services.
Eminence Healthcare helps students with substance abuse by getting to the bottom of their issues, not just what they’re doing, but why they’re doing it.
Smith says Eminence worked with 573 teenagers, and had another 220 on their way into the program. That’s almost 800 students who found out today their day-to-day life is about to be very different.
“I’m very grateful that she’s taught me how to control myself, because I know from now, three years ago, I would have been blowing up. I would have gotten mad every single day,” said Morales.
The school district does have social workers available, and will be providing other resources for these kids – they got to work on that right away.
But Smith fears it won’t be enough.
“Yes, it will help. But at the same time, it will not be that daily consistency that teenagers need in their life… With substance abuse, consistency is key to recovery,” said Smith.
“I hope the situation gets better. I know it’s not. It’s not going to happen, but we’ll see what happens. Pray for the best,” said Morales.
orales says he will be using the services the school has offered to provide, and he'll try to convince his friends to do the same.