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Several Mental Health Advocates Support Consolidated Crisis Response Center

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Some advocates for better mental health care in the Tri-Cities are getting behind the idea of a consolidated crisis response center.

Several members of the National Alliance On Mental Illness claim mental health patients in the Tri-Cities aren't getting the care they need.

They said there aren't enough services, and the ones that do exist are too spread out. Sometimes they say patients don't have anywhere to go.

"Typically they're turned away, families have to struggle and they wind up, if an episode happens they wind up calling the police and they're loved ones end up in jail," said Mental Health Advocate Gordon Bopp, President Emeritus, NAMI-WA. 

"I didn't understand why, I thought I was doing so well and all of the sudden, train wreck," said Kevin Brown, Mental Health Patient.

Advocates said plans have been in the works for a consolidated center. But they said a new alternate plan is threatening the success of a such a center. The second plan would combine services in a smaller building.

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