- Associated Press - Sunday, December 21, 2014

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) - Eastern Idaho’s first state-funded behavioral health crisis center opened its door this week.

The Post Register (https://bit.ly/1xsD2Ew) reports that the center in Idaho Falls received $1.5 million in state funding along with grants and donations. As of Wednesday, the center had received three patients.

In June, Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter announced that Idaho Falls had beaten out two other locations to be the state’s first mental health crisis center. The center will serve as a pilot program with more facilities opening around the state in the future.

Center Coordinator Brenda Price says they provide help to individuals experiencing acute mental health or substance abuse crises. However, the facility is not meant for ongoing care.

Official say services will be provided for free and no one will be turned away.

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Information from: Post Register, https://www.postregister.com


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