Upgrades to a 6,000-square foot building near the Department of Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Services (ADMHS) campus off Calle Real will result in the county’s first crisis stabilization unit for those suffering a mental health emergency.

The unit, set to open in November, will offer voluntary stays for up to eight people for up to 23 hours. The Board of Supervisors gave the okay this week for construction bids for the retrofit, expected to cost $300,000; that will be paid with money from $2.6 million in SB 82 state funding recently awarded to ADMHS.

Overall, ADMHS won $10.9 million in SB 82 money, which will be used for the stabilization unit, a residential treatment center (set to open in July), and triage teams working countywide.


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