We are disappointed that many of our state legislators from Region I did not support this endeavor by voting for SB 1352 this past legislative season. This opportunity could have been awarded to the north as we were poised to set up the crisis center within 90 days and institute a program based on best practices to serve this population. It could have been another step in decreasing the stigma around mental illness and substance use and potentially save lives in Region 1. Region 1 has done its very best to provide crisis services with limited resources, however there is simply no substitute to having a dedicated crisis center that can appropriately care for individuals in crisis. Some may say that a Crisis Center is an entitlement program. We see it as a safety net in our community.
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