About New Day
For youth and their families, New Day, Inc. offers a variety of services to help meet individual needs; Mental Health & Substance Abuse Assessments to substantiate youth diagnosis and determine treatment needs, Targeted Youth Case Management to assist youth and their families in identifying and accessing services, Day Treatment services for mental health, chemical dependency, recreational, and educational needs, Therapeutic Group Homes for further therapy and 24-hour supervision, and a III.5 Residential Chemical Dependency program for intensive substance abuse treatment. In addition, Therapeutic Foster Care, Therapeutic Family Living Services, and a Youth Support Specialist Program are offered to further assist youth within our community.
For adults and their families, New Day, Inc. provides Substance Abuse Assessments, Intensive Outpatient Chemical Dependency Treatment, Outpatient and Continuing Care Treatment, Peer Support, and Treatment Courts to assist with chemical dependency issues.
History of New Day
Born in the old Indian hospital on Fort Belknap Agency in 1943, Vernon Mummey grew up on the reservation. As a teen, he felt there were too few opportunities. There were no jobs and times were tough for everyone.
He decided to join the U.S. Navy immediately after graduating high school in 1961. He was 18 years old.
He traveled the world for 30 years.
During the twilight years of his service to his country, Vernon was the command master chief of the Navy’s alcohol and drug program in Norfolk, Va. It’s a program he had undergone himself years before when he was young. Overseeing the personnel operation of a 100-bed facility whet his appetite for continuing into this type of career once he got out of the military. He found it interesting and challenging.
So, when he retired from the Navy when he was 48 years old, he moved to Billings and eventually became a substance abuse counselor with the Indian Health Board. It was his first job as a civilian.
“I learned the ins and outs of working with kids, and I met all the right people,” Vernon said. It was at Indian Health that he realized the need for a facility that could help troubled teens.
“I had a good feeling about helping these types of kids,” he said.
After Indian Health, he worked at the Rivendell Psychiatric Residential Center, specializing in treating youth.
“I worked with a lot of kids over there with different problems: psychological, alcohol, and drugs,” he said.
From the Navy, Vernon learned the management functions of running a program. From Rivendell, he learned the rest…the nuts and bolts of treating troubled teens.
In 1993, Vernon started the process of creating New Day and making it a nonprofit organization. In August 1994, he opened its doors to the public.
Since then, New Day has evolved. Vernon is proud to say that’ll he’ll treat the children most others won’t – the most troubled of teens.
“You have to bear with them awhile, and they will eventually come around. Maybe not the first go around, or even the second. I take these tough cases because they need the same chances as other kids,” Vernon said.
This year, New Day also opened its doors to adults who wish to recover from alcohol or drug addiction.
Many like to say, “It’s a new day for New Day.” But it’s a new day that took Vernon 24 years, and a lifetime of experiences, to develop.