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Christie School gets new name

Officials at the Christie School have chosen a new logo and organization name that will encompass the school and its expanding mental health services.

Lynne Hume Saxton, executive director of the Christie School, unveiled the new name, 'ChristieCare,' and logo during a ceremony Tuesday at the school's Marylhurst location.

'The good news is, we can keep the history, tradition and reputation of the Christie School … but the name reflects all the things we do and plan to do,' Saxton said.

The Christie School's goal to reach more children and families led to a reinvention of the organization beyond traditional residential treatment.

The school, which treats an average of 80 troubled and abused students from across Oregon, will now be considered one portion of the intensive psychiatric residential treatment under the 'ChristieCare' name.

The non-profit organization will also oversee the Multnomah County Children's Receiving Center and Christie at Clackamas River, residential services that work with children with mental health challenges.

Christie Family Solutions, which offers in-home support for kids and families, and the Heron Creek Academy Therapeutic School also will be included, as well as an outpatient facility in Lincoln City.

'We're looking forward to its expansion around Oregon,' Saxton said of the satellite center.

The new name fits the entire organization because of its mission-driven nature, Saxton said.

'Not just because it fits on cupcakes,' she joked as she enjoyed the dessert following the ceremony. 'Our mission is mental health as it's been for decades,' she said.

Funding sources for the school and 'ChristieCare' - state, federal and private - will remain the same as in the past. 'ChristieCare,' which serves 36 counties in Oregon, will be expected to raise 20 percent of its annual operating costs.

'We have to take the same amount of money and make it go farther,' Saxton said, adding later, 'Mental health is not something you find a cure for and you're done.'

For more information on 'ChristieCare,' visit its new Web site at www.christiecare.org.