At present, if a mentally ill person commits a crime in Spokane, the only places to send them are either the ER or jail. After three years of work, Spokane Alliance leaders secured political support for a proposal they developed -- the construction of a mental health stabilization facility to which individuals meeting certain criteria can be referred for short term treatment.
The Spokane Regional Law and Justice Council voted to approve a plan to build the facility in 2018.
New Mental Health Stabilization Facility Could Provide Alternatives to Jails, ER, Spokesman Review
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