Members of the Washington County Quorum Court have approved the $250,000 project to fund a mental-health stabilization unit.
Thursday, February 21, the quorum court voted to approve funding, and the money will be used to renovate the former Juvenile Detention Center.
Once renovated, the Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) will be a place for criminals with a mental illness to go instead of jail.
The 16-bed voluntary crisis unit will provide care for those who need mental health services the most.
Justice of the Peace, Eva Madison, said the large project will have an even bigger outcome.
“Mental health is a big deal, it costs our communities a lot of money. It’s a big burden on the county jails, they’re not equipped to handle mental health issues,” Madison said. “If you look at the number of crimes that are traced back to mental health issues if we address those mental health issues, I think the world would be a better place.”
Washington County Judge Joseph Wood said the CSU should be up and running by mid-June.