MENTAL HEALTH

Crisis Stabilization Center in Washington County offers support during mental health crises

Aug 30, 2023, 10:15 AM | Updated: 10:49 am

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(Washington County Sheriff's Office)

(Washington County Sheriff's Office)

HURRICANE, Utah — The Washington County Crisis Stabilization Center celebrated its grand opening last week. The center, located in Hurricane, aims to provide a safe space for Utahns experiencing mental health crises.

The center provides mental health services the way urgent care clinics provide physical health services. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that the center will offer things like suicide assessments and detox services.

The sheriff’s office said adults can walk into the center or have family drop them off when they are experiencing mental health or substance abuse crises.

Additionally, law enforcement will use the crisis stabilization center for some first-time offenders — taking them to the center instead of jail. That option isn’t available to everyone, the press release said. Officers will make those decisions on a case-by-case basis.

A similar center is in the process of being built in Salt Lake County, recently, it reached the halfway point in its construction. Once finished, the center will address mental health and substance abuse crises like the center in Washington County.

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