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Governor Hutchinson to Attend Grand Opening of State’s First Crisis Stabilization Unit

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson will attend the grand opening of the state’s first Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) in Fort Smith on Wednesday. Sebastian County is one of four counties, including Pulaski, Craighead and Washington counties, to receive funding to operate a CSU facility. 

With the opening of the Sebastian County Crisis Stabilization Unit, Arkansas sets a national standard for how counties and states can work together to create a comprehensive program that will divert people who are experiencing a mental health crisis from jail to get the treatment they need while also decreasing recidivism, strengthening communities, and relieving pressure on crowded local jails. 

WHAT:         Gov. to Attend Grand Opening of the State’s First Crisis Stabilization Unit
WHEN:        10-11 a.m. Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
WHERE:      Horizon, 3113 South 70th Street, Fort Smith, Arkansas
WATCH:      Livestream Link: 

Arkansas is one of only a few states that has committed state funding to operate a system of crisis stabilization units and to establish a system with the specific purpose of relieving pressure on crowded county jails by diverting more people with behavioral health needs into facilities that are designed to provide treatment.

What further sets Arkansas apart is that the crisis stabilization units are part of a comprehensive statewide approach to reduce the prevalence of mental illness in county jails that was established in Act 423—The Criminal Justice Efficiency and Safety Act.

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