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County to launch urgent-care mental health center next spring
Washington Countys planned urgent care center for mental health finally has a home.
Last month, county commissioners approved a 10-year lease for space at 5240 N.E. Elam Young Parkway in Hillsboro. The center, which has been in the planning stages for a couple of years, is expected to open in March.
The new mental health urgent care center will be the first of its kind in Washington County, but county officials have studied similar programs in Multnomah and Clackamas counties as a model. The center is designed to help adults and children in need of immediate mental health care and assistance, said Washington County Chairman Andy Duyck.
"Our community has long needed a walk-in center to address a critical gap in the mental health system," Duyck said in a statement on Thursday. "Individuals and their families want to avoid the kind of crisis that leads to the emergency room or even to jail. This center will provide a way to get help sooner in a more appropriate and less costly environment."
Staffing will be provided by LifeWorks NW, which also operates existing mental health crisis programs in the county, including rapid assessment and care services. Those programs, which serve people in their homes or elsewhere, also will be housed with the new center.
The walk-in center will offer crisis counseling, connections to treatment, information and referrals for people who do not require intensive hospitalization for mental health and addiction. The county also plans to integrate the county's 24/7 crisis line, 503-291-9111, into the center's services.
We are thankful for the hard work of our staff and dozens of community partners who are making this vision a reality, County Commissioner Bob Terry said. Washington County residents will benefit from the compassionate and supportive services this center can provide.
Washington County Human Services staff and programs will move into the space as well, the county said, including the Oregon Department of Human Services and Washington County Disability, Aging and Veteran Services department.
"We conducted an extensive search to find the most suitable facility," said Kristin Burke, human services manager with Washington County. "The building's size and space configuration, location and proximity to public transportation meet all of our needs."
One thing the county has yet to determine is a name for the mental health urgent care center.
"We have a lot of exciting work ahead of us," Burke said. "This includes coming up with a name that makes it clear what the facility is and does, but also one that makes people feel safe and welcome."
The name will be selected by the county later this year. The winner will receive $100 gift certificate to a restaurant of their choice.