We are very pleased to announce that the Crisis Stabilization Unit is now open. Anyone in a mental health crisis can find us open 24/7, 365 days a year at 8655 E. Eastridge Dr. in Prescott Valley.
One year ago, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors applauded the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic leaders for their insight and investment that led to building a crisis intervention facility in Prescott Valley.
On the first day of summer, June 21, two years after clinical officials initiated the $1.75 million renovation and licensing of a former warehouse on Eastridge Drive into a crisis intervention facility, West Yavapai Guidance Clinic opened the doors to its brand new, 6,475 square-foot space to patients. As of 7 a.m. Wednesday, the center that offers crisis care for up to 23 hours and 59 minutes – the official time allotted for such a facility – provided care to three patients, said WYGC Chief Executive Officer Larry Green.
The center has 10 lounge chairs for people who need assistance up to a minute before the 24-hour mark. For those who may need extended care for as much as three to five days, the center also has eight beds to accommodate those patients.
The center can certainly accommodate more than 10 at a time as not everyone who comes into the center for help will require a several-hour stay. Some may just need a counselor to talk with for a few minutes, or possibly need a filled prescription, officials said.
WYGC is the largest mental health care provider in Yavapai County, providing counseling, addiction and mental health services to some 7,000 men, women and children annually.
A community open house for the facility was held last month. Community leaders, including the police, hospital leaders, and other charities, hailed the opening of this center as yet another significant resource to help those struggling with mental health and addiction issues, sometimes with both.
Until now, crisis services have essentially been limited to the Yavapai Medical Center’s emergency rooms or the Yavapai County jail.
“I think everybody realizes there are folks in our community, like every community in the United States, who at some time in their life find themselves in a crisis situation, and they can come in many forms … something as simple as a relationship gone bad as it relates to depression, or it could be who knows what,” Green said.
In this nation, one in five people suffers from some sort of mental health or substance abuse issue, but often there are no places for people to get help, particularly when it becomes an emergency, Green said.
“I’m very proud that we’re able to bring this facility to the community,” Green said, noting the clinic operation has existed here for 51 years.
Prescott Police Department Lead Officer Dave Fuller is equally enthusiastic about the opening.
“It’s a great resource for us,” Fuller said.
On a regular basis, local police are called upon to deal with people who may be acting irrationally due to some type of mental health or substance abuse issue. They may not deserve to go to jail, or require the hospital, but until now there were no other options, Fuller said.
“Any kind of professional help that is streamlined is a huge benefit for us,” Fuller said.
Yavapai Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer John Amos was one of the keynote speakers for the community open house. He, too, reiterated the need for this type of service as part of an extended continuum of care.
He said he was confident that this new facility would fulfill the clinic’s motto of promoting “hope, health and healing.”
“We’re very proud of it, and we know it’s going to save lives in this community,” Green concluded.