Westchester to establish crisis stabilization center

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WHITE PLAINS – The Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health is moving forward to create the county’s first Crisis Stabilization Center in White Plains. It will be funded by the State Office of Mental Health to establish innovative programming to reduce the incarceration and hospitalization of individuals with complex mental health and substance abuse needs.
County Mental Health Commissioner Michael Orth said his department has
been working to develop such a model for a number of years and “the
recognition of this great need has brought the community greater awareness.”
The center will be modeled after the Dutchess County Stabilization Hub and will serve people in mental health or substance abuse crisis who are often homeless, facing arrest or in need of emergency hospitalization.
The first hub will serve the City of White Plains, parts of the Town of Greenburgh, Scarsdale and Mamaroneck town and village, Rye, Port Chester and Harrison, the communities that typically use emergency room services in White Plains.
Using the White Plains hub as a model, Westchester intends to develop a plan for similar crisis centers in three other communities in the county.