Permian Basin Community Center recognition event

Pictured l to r: Alma Jasso, Clinic Supervisor, Lolo Urias, Rehabilitation Technician, Ramona Thomas, CEO of PBCC,  Tess Prieto, QMHP-Service Coordinator, Dick Ancell, LPC, and Terry Chacon, Secretary.

Photo courtesy PBCC

By Lisa Morton

The Permian Basin Community Center (PBCC) held a luncheon honoring Dick Ancell, LPC, Tess Prieto, QMHP-Service Coordinator, Terry Chacon, Secretary, and Lolo Urias, Rehabilitation Technician, at the Hotel El Capitan last week.  PBCC recognized these four outstanding individuals for selflessly giving PBCC as well as the community of Van Horn, 18 years of service.

Ramona Thomas, CEO of PBCC, Todd Luzadder, Director of PBCC, and Alma Jasso, Clinic Supervisor, honored the community and every branch of service that has been part of their team, including the Culberson County Sheriff’s Office, staff, DPS officers, EMS staff, Culberson County Hospital staff, Judges, and County Commissioners some of whom attended the lunch.

PBCC provides mental health services to adults and children who may be suffering with any of a myriad of mental health disorders.  They also provide crisis intervention in emergencies, usually at the request of   law enforcement, EMS, or hospital emergency staff, who always insure that it is safe to go in and provide the crisis assessment.

If PBCC personnel feel hospitalization is needed, local judges are asked to sign the detention orders and the Sheriff’s office will transport the client if necessary, any time of the day or night.  It is a team effort and PBCC never loses sight of what is important–the client, the individual.  “Our job is to make sure they are safe, they get the help they need, and we give them a reason to want to  live one more day; then we’ve done our job,” said Ramona Thomas.