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Mental health respite center closer to opening in PA

March 20th, 2014 - 5:53am

(PORT ANGELES) Local law enforcement will soon have another tool available to them when dealing with people suffering mental health and substance abuse issues.

Peninsula Behavioral Health of Port Angeles is getting closer to opening a Respite Program in a building adjacent to the agency's headquarters along 8th Street in Port Angeles.

PBH executive director Peter Casey says the program is designed to provide voluntary, short term stabilization services for those having a mental health crisis. He says it will be administered in an unlocked, neighborhood based setting.

Casey says for those police contacts who are not known to either the police or to the staff at Peninsula Behavioral Health, the process is slightly different.

Peninsula Behavioral Health is still waiting on a building permit, but hopes to be running by July or August.

When open, participants treatment should last 3 to 5 days on average. Services will include both mental and physical health screening, medication supervision, as well as access to a broad array of clinical intervention, housing and other social service needs.

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