They will open a mental crisis reception center

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“The Crisis Reception Center (CRC), will increase local service, access and capacity, reduce enforcement of temporary restraining orders, and provide timely access to services for those experiencing acute behavioral health care needs. ,” the Prince William County Board said. Ann Wheeler, chairman of supervisors at large, said during a news conference on July 19, 2022 to announce funding for the center that will open in 18 to 24 months.

The outpatient CRC 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 for up to 23 hours. The CRC will also help divert people from the criminal justice system.

“This center will be able to ensure that dedicated mental health professionals are the ones responding to mental health crises and not the police,” said Virginia Del. Elizabeth Guzman, who represents parts of Prince William County in the Virginia General Assembly. . “Police will be able to focus their resources on more pressing issues related to public safety.”

The establishment of the CRC received bipartisan support from the Prince William County Board of Supervisors and broad community support.

“As Prince William County residents, this is what we do,” said Andrea O. Bailey, Prince William County Potomac District Supervisor. “We come together for a common cause to support one and all. I am grateful that we are gathered here. This has certainly been a labor of love. All arms are locked. All arms have the same vision. Here in Prince William County, we believe that mental health is health care. We have to recognize mental health. We have to invest money in solutions.”

CRC’s vision is to change the way the community views, treats and supports people in mental health crises.

“For too long, people who were suffering were ending up in jail or hospital emergency rooms simply because there weren’t many treatment options for them,” said the Rev. Keith Savage of the First Baptist Church of Manassas. “Today would not have been possible were it not for the leadership of a plethora of people and organizations who supported and continue to help lead this work.”

The CRC will create a more humane response to the mental health crisis. “When the CRC is up and running, it will save lives,” said the Rev. Michael Sessoms of Little Union Baptist Church.

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