Westwood residents wrote their needs and desires for the new Westwood Wellness Center on green ribbons at last month's open house.

New Westwood Wellness Center hosts open house

Lassen County’s Behavioral Health and its community partners hosted an open house at the Westwood Wellness Center Thursday, March 31.

Gary Bridges, Lassen County Supervisor District 2, said the new center provides the Westwood community with valuable services

Lassen County District 2 Supervisor Gary Bridges and Westwood resident Steve Munkres attended the open house.

Health and Social Services Director Barbara Longo said, “We had a great turnout, with more than 50 local community members stopping by to meet the new Westwood staff and some of our Lassen community partners including Judy’s House, Northeastern Rural Health, Westwood One Stop, Lassen Family Services, Lassen County Behavioral Health and Public Health. We even have support for our friends from the Plumas County Wellness Center!”

According to Longo, the event sought to ask the community what types of activities and classes it wanted at the Wellness Center. The idea of the wellness center is for the county and various community partners to work together to provide services specifically designed and tailored to the needs and desires of the community.

“We asked them to write their ideas on a ‘green ribbon,’ and we added them to the communication board,” Longo said. “Ideas include a community garden and wellness park, art classes, activities with both seniors and children together, parenting groups, a book club and even some outside fun with water balloons and slip ‘n’ slides!”

The new wellness center also will host public health clinics such as seasonal flu and COVID vaccination clinics.

We are putting together a list of all the ideas and then moving forward with what we can bring to the community over the next few months as well as a plan on the other ideas.

The Westwood Wellness Center is located at 125 Birch St and is open 9 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (hours may vary depending on community events).