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Benton and Franklin Counties May Consolidate a Crisis Response Center

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RICHLAND, Wash-- Commissioners from Benton and Franklin County held a meeting to discuss consolidating a crisis response center.

Commissioners from both counties are working on pulling all mental health services together. They say too many people with mental health problems are ending up in jail instead of getting the help they need.

If you need mental health service in the Tri-Cities you go to a crisis response center, but what if you need emergency mental help. Benton County Commissioner, Claude Oliver, says if someone with mental difficulites is facing arrest it could be better for them to spend time in a mental treatment center rather than jail.

"That let's us accelerate the process. That let's us bring together services much more quickly, that's what I'd like to see done," said Oliver.

Today both counties agreed to  enter into a contract together for $15k. The money would be used to hire Washington State University research associates to study the idea.

Consolidating both counties would prevent them from spending millions of dollars on building a facility. It would be funded by the Cadwell Company and the counties would rent it.

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