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Crisis center OK’d at Hanover hospital

Posted on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 11:17 am

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Hanover will soon have its very own mental health crisis assessment center inside the Memorial Regional Medical Center.

The center, which will be open 10 hours a day and seven days a week, will take individuals in crisis and decide whether or not they need to be admitted to a hospital. The center became a reality July 23 after the board of supervisors approved a $231,398 grant for this year that will fund the facility.

Ivy Sager, executive director of the Community Services Board, said that their Crisis Intervention Team efforts have been successful, so essentially this center would be the next step.

“It provides safe, secure space within an emergency room, in which intervention with citizens in crisis allows for optimal outcomes,” Sager said.

The total grant amount of $451,777 will provide funding for the first two years, covering salaries for off-duty officers for security and transportation as well as a part-time support specialist. There will also be an on-site taxi driver to transport patients.

Sager said benefits of the facility are many. For example, it promotes medical clearance and can provide a controlled and calm atmosphere for individuals in crisis.

Neighboring localities like Henrico and Chesterfield already have crisis assessment centers. Eleven other communities in the state also have established centers.

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