PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. (7News) — Today, Prince William County held a ribbon cutting for the opening of the first Mental Health Crisis Receiving Center in the county.
Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin spoke at the ceremony.
The center will provide services 24/7 throughout the year and includes a walk-in center for adults seeking help for a mental health crisis or for substance use, according to a release from the county.
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The center also plans to provide services to teens ages 14 to 18.
The service is a hybrid between a psychiatric emergency department and Inpatient Level of Care.
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The walk-in center will have 16 Residential Crisis stabilization beds for adults experiencing a mental health crisis. The number of recliners and beds at the center will be determined based on the need within the community.
“This center will be able to ensure that dedicated mental health professionals are the ones responding to mental health crisis and not 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 matters related to public safety.”
The $11.9 million to open the CRC, which will be housed at the old Gander Mountain building in Woodbridge, came from federal, state and local sources.