Westchester launches crisis stabilization team in White Plains

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WHITE PLAINS – Westchester County has created a Mental Health and Substance Abuse Use Crisis Stabilization Team in White Plains. The team, to be operated by PEOPLe, Inc., is the county’s first step in creating the county’s first Crisis Stabilization Hub.
The Department of Community Mental Health has begun establishing four crisis stabilization centers around the county with the White Plains facility being the first.
The program is funded by the State Office of Mental Health, which provides five grants across the state using federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration money.
The funding is to underwrite one year innovative programming, to reduce incarceration and hospitalization of individuals with complex mental health and substance use needs.
“Westchester County has seen the deterioration of the safety net for our most vulnerable people,” said County Executive George Latimer. “The transition team, which consists of leaders from across the county, recognized this problem and called us to action, urging for the creation of four crisis stabilization hubs.”