FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFTA) – One of the state’s first mental health crisis centers opened its doors in Fort Smith on Wednesday.

Sebastian County is one of four counties in the state receiving a mental health crisis stabilization center.

The facility will serve as an alternative to jail – serving low-level offenders with mental illnesses or other behavioral health conditions.

Besides helping with jail overcrowding – the centers also look to save money.

The mental health crisis stabilization center will serve Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Scott and Polk counties as well.

The facility begins accepting patients tomorrow.