April 28, 2021 – The Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage is getting set to launch its most significant expansion since opening almost four decades ago, it was announced Tuesday.

The four-year, $30 million project — to include construction of three new buildings and updates to the grounds — will break ground May 4 and is slated to transform the treatment center founded by former First Lady Betty Ford and former U.S. Ambassador Leonard Firestone in 1982. The center is the nation’s largest nonprofit system for addiction treatment and co-occurring mental health care, recovery and related prevention and education services, according to Betty Ford officials.  “The impact of substance use and mental health disorders is growing due to a number of factors including the tremendous stress and strain of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mishek added. “Amid record-high overdoses, and the daily pain experienced by millions of families struggling through the chaos of addiction, it is imperative that we build capacity to help more people … .”

Mishek and incoming President and CEO Joseph Lee, MD, will be among those at the groundbreaking event, along with Hazelden Betty Ford Trustee Susan Ford Bales — daughter of President and Mrs. Ford — and special guests.



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