Prince William County leaders said they are making mental health a priority with the announcement of $2.5 million in additional funding for a new crisis centre.
Prince William County leaders announced additional funding of $2.5 million for a new crisis center in a bid to prioritize mental health.
The new emergency reception center will increase local access to general mental health resources while providing more community services and inpatient psychiatric beds. Likewise, it will provide support for people who need non-emergency mental health services.
“People are suffering mentally coming out of COVID. It is imperative that we do this for Prince William County,” said Andrea Bailey, Potomac District Supervisor with the Prince William County Board of Supervisors. Bailey worked with local leaders to help make this happen.
The facility will also house the county’s trauma program, assertive community treatment programs and youth services.
A total of $11.9 million has been raised to build the new center, which Potomac District Supervisor Andrea Bailey will use under an 11-year lease in the old Gander Mountain building in Woodbridge. , Virginia.
Officials say it’s also about ensuring that mental health professionals are the ones responding to specific crises in the community instead of the police.
“And we still need continued funding for young people. We have just started,” added Lisa Madron, county community services director.
The crisis reception center will be open 24 hours a day, will have 16 beds for adults in mental health crisis who need intervention and 23 recliners where people in mental crisis can stay for observation until 23 hours. Officials said the CRC will also work to help divert individuals from the criminal justice system.
At their Tuesday meeting, the oversight board voted unanimously to approve $2.5 million in public funding which, combined with federal and local sources, brings the total to approximately $11.9 million. for the new center. CRC is expected to open in 18 to 24 months.
The space will occupy nearly 79,000 square feet of the commercial building, with a current tenant, Floor & Decor, remaining in the other half of the building.
Bailey said creating the new center was a labor of love for the board and fellow community members.
“As residents of Prince William County, that’s what we do,” Bailey said. “We come together for a common cause to support each and every one. I am grateful that we are gathered here. It was certainly a labor of love. All arms are locked. All weapons have the same vision. Here in Prince William County, we believe mental health is health care. We need to recognize mental health. We need to invest in solutions.
Other community leaders involved in the creation of the CRC spoke at Tuesday’s meeting.
“For too long, people who were suffering ended up in jail or stored in hospital emergency rooms simply because there weren’t many treatment options for them,” said Reverend Keith Savage. of the First Baptist Church of Manassas. “Today would not have been possible without the leadership of a plethora of people and organizations who have supported and continue to help lead this work.”