In 2005, members of the behavioral health, medical and criminal justice communities in Pima County, Ariz., in conjunction with county government, recognized the need for expanded and coordinated psychiatric crisis services in their fast-growing county. Increasing numbers of individuals with mental illnesses and/or substance use disorders were straining law enforcement and health care resources. Many people in crisis were routinely taken to hospital emergency departments or jail by law enforcement due to the lack of alternatives and facilities that were designed for this purpose. Community partners worked to create two new behavioral health care facilities: the Crisis Response Center (CRC) and the Behavioral Health Pavilion. The vision was to create a central resource for law enforcement and emergency responders to take people experiencing a behavioral health crisis, where they can receive crisis services and be discharged back into the community with a service plan.
On March 15, the President signed the $1.5 trillion Fiscal Year 2022 omnibus appropriations package into law that included several key wins for counties.Learn More