PASCO, Wash. -- A new Consolidated Crisis Response Center in the Tri-Cities is designed to make treating patients with mental and substance abuse issues, a lot easier.
The idea is to bring together mental health services and substance abuse services in a 24-hour center where patients can be provided better care. The Board of Commissioners for Benton and Franklin counties has passed a joint resolution appointing the Benton Franklin Community Action Committee as the lead agency in developing the project.
They will work with the Department of Human Services. Committee action leaders say the new center should save law enforcement a lot of money.
Action Committee Executive Director Judith Gidley, "It'll save jail space, it'll save jail time, we believe it'll save money all the way around."
Gidley says she estimates the new center will cost between 15 and 18 million dollars, with a large portion of the cost being paid by a private investor. She says Yakima already has a successful consolidated center.