McDowell commissioners learn more about mental health facility

Raleigh, N.C.

McDowell commissioners learn more about mental health facility
By Mike Conley
The McDowell News
August 4,2014

People from McDowell, Caldwell and Alexander counties who are experiencing a mental health crisis or need medical detox from alcohol or drugs will soon be served by a new behavioral health crisis stabilization facility set to open by the fall of 2015 in Lenoir.

This new facility could save McDowell County an estimated $10,000 a year in local law enforcement time and expense and relieve some of the congestion at McDowell Hospital's emergency department. And it will be constructed and operated at no cost to McDowell or the other counties.


Dave Richard, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services deputy secretary of behavioral health and developmental disabilities services, said that since Gov. Pat McCrory's administration launched a Crisis Solutions Initiative last year, DHHS and its partners have focused on long-term efforts to ensure individuals and families experiencing a mental health or substance abuse crisis have a place to turn for help.