Progress! Mental Health Crisis Stabilization Facility Gets Green Light
Congratulations are in order for the Spokane Alliance's Public Safety & Mental Health Research Action Team! After three years of the team's work researching and promoting the idea with partner organizations, key leaders, and government agencies, the Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council voted to approve a plan to build a Mental Health Crisis Stabilization Facility in 2018.
The facility will also be a win for Spokanites who suffer from mental illness. As it stands now, if a mentally ill person commits a crime, the only place to send them to is jail or the emergency room, neither of which help solve their problem long term.
The facility will create a third option, allowing individuals who meet certain criteria (e.g. low-level property and drug crimes) to be referred there for treatment.
The individual will have charges dropped if they keep with their prescribed program, e.g. staying on prescribed medications, attending treatment, etc.
Check out a video explaining the Facility here:
There is also this write-up in the Spokesman-Review, calling out Spokane Alliance's role in researching and proposing the facility.
Click here to read the full proposal that was approved by the Council.
And finally, if you are interested in getting involved in a powerful Spokane Alliance campaign such as this one, starting from the ground up, attending this upcoming Workshop on Building Research Action Teams is a great place to start.