Friday, September 25, 2009

Wisconsin county may create psychiatric emergency center

Faced with cuts in social services and mental health staff, Dane County in Wisconsin will be the latest to join the rising tide of localities creating psychiatric emergency centers.
According to the Wisconsin State Journal, County Executive Kathleen Falk will include a 12-bed Crisis Care Stabilization Center in her 2010 budget. The center would cost about $595,000 per year to operate, as compared to the $4.36 million in costs between two area hospitals treating individuals with mental illness.
"It's kind of comparable to the detox model in alcohol where you stabilize people for a day or several weeks," Falk said. "But the whole idea is to move them back into the community or a different care setting."
The model for the new center will likely by the successful Jackson House in Janesville, WI.
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