Crisis Receiving Center — Anchor to the Safe Haven Campus— on Track to Begin Construction
Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President, announced today the completion of architectural plans for the Crisis Receiving Center on the Safe Haven Campus. Bids will open in May. Upon completion, this facility will serve as the anchor of the Safe Have Campus — currently an open, working campus offering behavioral health services.
“Moving forward with the Crisis Receiving Center is a major forward step in the progress of the Safe Haven initiative, but also a major forward step for behavioral health care in this region,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “We are looking forward to the start of this renovation to transform this property into a working facility that will ultimately shape the future of behavioral health care here in our community. We are investing in our future, because the physical and mental health of our residents — our neighbors, friends and family — is the cornerstone of our community.”
The Crisis Receiving Center will be housed in an existing Parish-owned and maintained building, located on the Safe Haven Campus. Plans include renovations and upgrades to approximately 12,528 square feet of the building to make it fully operational. Once complete, the Crisis Receiving Center will serve as a single point of entry for people in a behavioral health crisis, whether they walk in, or are transported to the center by trained law enforcement, or local emergency departments. The facility will have 24 beds where patients can be housed from 24 up to 72 hours, while undergoing evaluation, diagnosis and ultimately placement, in the correct phase of the behavioral health continuum.
The Safe Haven initiative is expected to save residents millions of dollars through increased and early access to mental health services; a lessened burden on law enforcement, local jails and hospital emergency departments; and the creation of sustainable, accessible, behavioral health resources for the community, as well as the region.
Once bids are closed, and contractors are selected, officials anticipate completion of this project by late 2019/early 2020. Learn more about Safe Haven here.