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Partnership to bring new bahavioral health crisis centers to Guilford County

Partnership to bring new bahavioral health crisis centers to Guilford County

Publication Date: December 19, 2018

Sandhills Center is working with the Guilford County Board of Commissioners and Cone Health to bring additional health services to Guilford County, specifically an enhanced level of integrated health services for people in crisis that addresses both mental and physical health. The partnership is seeking additional support from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

The service expansion is planned to include construction of two facilities in close proximity to one another.

One facility will feature a 16-bed Adult FacilityBased Crisis Center, a 23-hour observation unit, and outpatient services for adults, adolescents and children. The 23-hour observation unit will offer time for individuals in crisis to have their needs thoroughly assessed. If an individual is unable to return home after that time, they may be transitioned to the Facility-Based Crisis Center, transferred to a higher level of care, or connected with a community provider to receive services.

The second facility will be a 16-bed Child/Adolescent Facility-Based Crisis Center that will serve as an alternative to hospitalization for youth experiencing behavioral health crises. Services will be provided in both facilities 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Unlike typical behavioral health crisis centers, the new facilities will provide physical health services.

Guilford County will incur the design and construction costs of the planned Adult Facility-Based Crisis Center, which is expected to be 35,000 to 40,000 square feet in size. The Guilford County Commissioners have partnered with Cone Health to deliver services. Sandhills Center will cover the design and construction costs for the Child/Adolescent Facility-Based Crisis Center, which is expected to be between 12,000 and 15,000 square feet. A provider will be chosen by Sandhills Center at a later date.

Sandhills Center’s Board of Directors has reserved funding to construct the facility. Funding comes from savings from managing Medicaid services under the 1915 (b)/(c) waiver. One of the benefits of Sandhills Center becoming a waiver site for managing services was that savings could be reinvested back into local communities.

“This partnership and planned facility exemplifies that reinvestment in a visible way,” says Sandhills Center CEO Victoria Whitt. “We are excited about the work that has gone into planning these facilities and look forward to continuing the partnership to bring them to reality.” The Guilford County Board of Commissioners voted to approve moving forward with the behavioral health center during its regular January 2019 meeting.