Ulster County works toward development of crisis stabilization center

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KINGSTON – The Public Health and Social Services Committee of the Ulster County Legislature has approved establishing a policy requiring a county crisis stabilization center modeled after Dutchess County’s, as well as respite houses.

Committee Chairman Craig Lopez said both plans complement each other in the treatment of those in need.

“A brick-and-mortar facility that would operate 24-hours a day, seven days a week with the appropriate staffing to treat individuals with alcohol and substance abuse disorders and the other one was a four- to eight-bed short term crisis respite home,” he said.

Locations for the facilities have yet to be determined, but the crisis stabilization center will likely be situated in the greater Kingston area administration officials said.

The $3.3 million for the stabilization center would come from federal COVID-19 funding.