Community Medical Centers has been awarded a $5.7 million grant to complete a new adolescent health center in downtown Stockton.

CMC is a nonprofit that provides medical, dental and behavioral health care to more than 100,000 patients throughout San Joaquin, Solano and Yolo counties.

The refurbishment of “The Rock” building is expected to be completed in March 2024 and will be located at Weber Avenue and Stanislaus Street and will provide services for vulnerable adolescents, according to CMC.

“Young people — especially here in San Joaquin County — face many hurdles as they move toward adulthood,” said Alfonso Apu, CMC’s chief behavioral health officer. “Having access to the care we will provide at the Adolescent Health Center will be one less thing young people in our community will have to worry about.”

Some services that will be provided include behavioral health, substance use treatment, primary care, reproductive health care and pediatrics.

Funding for the center was announced this month when Gov. Gavin Newsom publicly discussed 54 Children and Youth grants that totaled to $480.5 million, CMC said in a news release. The awards were from the state Department of Health Care Services’ Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program.

“We’re very grateful the state has recognized the importance of this project,” said Christine Noguera, CMC chief executive officer. “We know that young people aren’t always certain of where to go to access health care. The Adolescent Health Center will be a trusted place for them to receive the services they need during an important period in their lives.”

Victoria Franco is a reporter based in Stockton covering San Joaquin County for Bay City News Foundation and its nonprofit news site Local News Matters. She is a Report for America corps member.