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Mental Health Crisis Center Opens


Multnomah County

With the closing of Providence’s Crisis Triage Center in 2003, some mental health advocates say a gap opened up in the care of people experiencing a mental health crisis where incarceration or hospitalization were not appropriate.

Joint forces across the city, state and county responded with the Multnomah County Crisis Assessment and Treatment Center, which opens Monday.

The 16-bed facility will serve as a safety net for homeless and severely low-income individuals experiencing a mental health crisis, where they can stabilize, and then connect to longer term services for housing, treatment, education or job training.

The center is funded by Multnomah County, the city of Portland, Medicare and the nonprofit organization Central City Concern.

What gaps in mental health care do you see the Crisis Assessment and Treatment Center filling? Were you ever in a situation where you or a loved one could have used such a center?

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