Prince William Co. hopes to add mental health crisis facility


Earlier this month, Virginia announced that five of its eight mental health hospitals would stop taking patients because of capacity limits. In Prince William County, the emphasis is on building new facilities to deal with the mental health crisis.

Earlier this month, Virginia announced that five of its eight mental health hospitals would stop taking patients because of capacity limits. And now, there is a push in Prince William County to build new facilities to deal with the mental health crisis.

Kenneth Nixon Jr. is part of the Virginian Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement, or VOICE – a group of faith leaders who want to see crisis receiving centers in Prince William County and across the state.

They are community-based facilities run by mental health professionals “where law enforcement and the public … can protect people in the midst of a mental health crisis rather than in a prison or local emergency room,” Nixon said.

Prince William County used to have something similar to the CRC, Nixon said, but it merged with another facility and is now in Fairfax County.

“Prince William County needs this facility,” Nixon said, pointing out that most of the county is people of color.

For August’s special General Assembly session, Nixon and The Voice have called on Governor Ralph Northam and Virginia legislators to dedicate $47 million to building 10 new CRCs across the state, including one in Prince William County.

Nixon concluded that things like the CRC are important because he had more than 350 face-to-face encounters with people who have been in the criminal justice system. He said that the biggest issue was raised in this area by a large number of people who were put behind bars especially due to mental illness or addiction.

“The creation of a CRC will help address a critical g in implementing a full systematic campaign for mental health and addiction,” Nixon said, adding that 60% to 70% of patients treated in the CRC community within 24 hours. is safely discharged for continuing care in the , instead of being a patient psychopath. These types of facilities give people access to treatment, but it also keeps them in communities with their families during treatment.”

The requested facilities will have 16 beds for adults and eight beds for children, and will cost $6 million to maintain full-time and about $17 million annually, according to a presentation to the Prince William County Board of Supervisors. Staff.

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