On a tranquil desert oasis in Nevada, we’re writing success stories every day.
On a tranquil desert oasis in Nevada, we’re writing success stories every day.
Striving for a brighter future
The youth we serve are empowered with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that help them become successful members of their families and communities. We aim to enable a smooth transition home, with continuity of care at an outpatient clinic.
Surrounded by picturesque hills and scenic desert views, our state-of-the-art 25-acre campus is an ideal setting for relaxation and healing.
Every child is cared for as a member of our family, in a compassionate environment of acceptance and safety.
The daily routine combines academics, life-skills, recreational activities, and treatment services.
Fully prepared to integrate back into the community, our clients gain valuable tools that ensure a lifetime of emotional well-being.
Passionate Treatment Team. Innovative Care.
Never Give Up Youth Healing Center was founded on one man’s passionate dream: to give struggling youth the support they needed to succeed. Back in 2016 when resources in Nevada were limited, NGU introduced parents to an innovative approach to embracing challenges.
Since we opened, the youth we serve have benefitted from a powerful healing experience that promotes self-discovery and sustainable mental health. With programs that combine evidence-based treatments and individualized care, our children and their families reconnect and thrive.
Charlie is the devoted father of 8 kids, several who are star athletes and he will do all in his power to support them. He and his wife have a family motto: “If not for the kids, then why?” His 20 plus years of experience include longer stints in two intensive residential programs where he worked his way up from direct care positions to leadership roles and shorter stints where he helped turn around troubled programs. Charlie is known for his creative programming and recently launched a successful younger kid program that met their unique developmental needs along with his ongoing programming for adolescence Charlie does not work traditional administrative hours and is known for spending time in evenings, on weekends, and is often one of the first to know the names of every single client and every single staff member. Charlie has strong relationships with outside regulatory agencies and referral sources and has had roles in business development and admissions so he “gets” our kinds of clients and families. Charlie believes change should be systemic – meaning that a change affecting one department must be made with consideration and collaboration with all others. Charlie is especially about the kids and the staff and will never ask you to do what he is not willing to do himself – from tough behavioral issues, to maintenance to interacting with skeptics.We are lucky to have found Mr. Falatea and invite you to join him as we go forward to make NGU a premier treatment program. Charlie’s initial areas of focus include:Staff development and support refinement of therapeutic effectiveness, full program support of personal emotional, physical and social safety and becoming the standard in terms of deep care for ourselves as a team and of our clients.
Michael Spindler, LCSW
Mr. Spindler, a graduate of Smith College School for Social Work, has been providing residential treatment services since 1976. He worked for the Jewish Child Care Association of New York (JCCA) from 1976 to 2017. During his career with the JCCA, which provides services to over 16,000 children and families annually, he served in the positions of Director of Residential Programs, Vice President for Residential Treatment Services, Senior Vice President for Residential and Foster Home Services, and, lastly, was Chief Operating Officer from 2004 to 2017. Mr. Spindler is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with post graduate education focusing on personality development, diagnosis, and psychotherapy. He is trained in the Sanctuary Model and Trauma Informed Treatment Model. He has proven performance at high levels of management, leadership, team building, planning, organizing, and problem solving, with a strong record of achievement in providing the necessary care and treatment to those in need of clinical intervention and help. Mr. Spindler’s views on residential treatment services have been published and he is considered an expert in the field of residential treatment services for children and adolescents.Mr. Spindler has been a consultant for Never Give Up Youth Healing Center since March 2018. He has been invaluable in shaping and guiding the residential services provided to the youth of Nevada.
Stacie Warren (Compliance Administrator)
Stacie Warren is currently the Compliance Administrator for NGUYHC. She began working with NGUYHC in 2017. Stacie is passionate about the healthcare field and loves being of service to those in need. Stacie has a strong commitment towards compliance and is always seeking ways to improve her professional knowledge as it pertains to her position.
Dr. Uzoma C. Osuchukwu, MD-Psychiatrist, MPH
Dr. Osuchukwu earned his medical degree from Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria. He then went on to complete his residency in psychiatry at Harlem Hospital Center, followed by his fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He also holds a Master of Public Health degree from the Boston University School of Public Health in 2004. He has published and co-authored articles on schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, as well as other areas of mental health. Dr. Osuchukwu is board certified with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the areas of psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Osuchukwu is proud to be a psychiatrist and has the unique ability to deal with the most intricate, discrete yet delicate aspect of human nature – the mind. He believes this is a great and unmerited privilege, and that all upon whom such trust is bestowed, must strive to uphold the highest level of dignity, professionalism and respect for the individuals they serve.
Regional Vice President of Operations for Outpatient and Relations
Kyle Dunlap (Regional Vice President of Operations for Outpatient and Relations)
Born and raised in New England, Kyle Dunlap presently resides in Nevada. With experience in various fields since relocating to Las Vegas in 2010, including restaurants and hospitality management, nonprofit development, and technology startups, Kyle currently works in behavioral healthcare, where he has enjoyed focusing his career path on leadership and administration. Most recently, Kyle served for five years as the Director of Business Development at Desert Parkway Hospital. He has recently joined the leadership team and will support expansion in the West Coast market as Regional Vice President. Kyle also serves as Board President of NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) of Southern Nevada, where he works passionately and collaboratively with the community to advocate for reducing the stigma surrounding mental health.In his spare time, Kyle enjoys mountain biking, hiking with his family and dogs, coaching youth lacrosse, mentoring teenagers with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and repairing and modifying cars, as well as international travel. He had the opportunity to study abroad in Rome and Taiwan while pursuing his undergraduate degree in International Business at the University of Rhode Island. This served to inspire many years of travel to countries such as Japan, India, Australia, Spain, Costa Rica, and Mexico where he fully immersed himself culturally to expand his understanding of diversity, foreign languages, customs, and cuisines. Kyle will soon be completing his Masters in Business and Healthcare Administration with Grand Canyon University.
Chief Admission/Relations Coordinator
Brenda Tucker (Chief Admission/Relations Coordinator)
Brenda has been very successful working in many business industries and in 2017 joined the NGUYHC team. Brenda has a strong work ethic and a magnetic personality, which makes her the perfect fit for the Chief Admissions/Relations coordinator. She is responsible for all relations as it pertains to admissions, billing, utilization review, and marketing.Brenda Tucker was born and raised in the Salt Lake Valley. Ms. Tucker is the proud mother of three adult children and five grandchildren who are the joy of her life.
Benjamin O’Steen (Administrator)
Benjamin O’Steen has been involved in the human services for the past 16 years, specifically in the behavioral and mental health service industry. In 2006, he started his career in this field at a 220-bed residential boarding school for adolescents. He quickly moved up the ranks, working at several facility positions prior to landing the role of Director of Operations. During this time, Benjamin helped coordinate services with several community partners to facilitate the highest level of care for the population served.Currently, Benjamin serves as the Administrator of the largest Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility (PRTF) in Nevada. As the facility Administrator, Benjamin manages the day-to-day experience of the clients, including but not limited to residential services, facility operations, food services, and academic coordination with the local school district.Benjamin has the personal skills and mindset that make him an ideal candidate to serve in this role. His experience in public relations, hospitality, customer service, management, administration, logistics, and planning is an excellent pairing with his natural drive to facilitate and execute meaningful interactions and experiences for the population served at the facility.
Diana Wade, MA (Vice President of Client Services)
Diana brings her 30+ years of experience in the mental health field to NGUYHC, where residential treatment brings her full circle back to her beginnings. She has served at-risk youth and their families for more than 3 decades, including owning a successful outpatient mental health facility, working in foster care and adoptions and providing direct care to youth. Working with youth has always been a passion for Diana and being able to bring a strong leadership foundation to the team is a self proclaimed major accomplishment. Program Development is also a passion of hers.
Diana has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and is ABD in a doctoral program in Organizational Leadership. In her free time, Diana enjoys riding the sand dunes in her sandrail, or traveling the world. Some of the best places she has visited are India, Vietnam and Fiji. Diana is also a dog lover and currently has 6 rescue Chihuahuas.
The Never Give Up Youth Healing Center provides comprehensive behavioral residential treatment through a broad range of programs and interventions. The youth we serve emerge empowered to successfully reintegrate into their home, school, and community settings.