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County considers mental health crisis center proposal

January 15th, 2013 - 6:18am

(Port Angeles) -- Clallam County may be closer to some in-county, in patient mental health services.

County commissioners this week take up a proposal to use tax money aimed at mental health issues to pay for operating a small, mental health crisis center.

Peninsula Behavioral Health would operate the center under a two-year pilot project. The county's mental health advisory board proposes using 70 to 100 thousand dollars and about 138-thousand dollars in operational costs for the first year out of the county's mental health program reserves.

Peninsula Behavioral plans to renovate the former St. Vincent de Paul building along 8th Street in Port Angeles into a facility with three beds.

Commissioners still have to give final approval of spending the money that came from an extra sales tax charged in Clallam County earmarked for mental health issues. The county has banked money over the past years specifically for funding mental-health treatment.

Peninsula Behavioral Health would fund 70-thousand dollars of the operational costs of the center on an ongoing basis. The goal is for other entities such as local police departments and Olympic Medical Center to contribute to the operating costs starting in the second year.


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