Crisis stabilization unit underway in Fayetteville

Washington County CSU set to open first of November.

By Kelly O'Neill

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFTA) -- Washington County will soon be home to a mental-health crisis stabilization unit to reduce the number of people with a mental illness from entering jail.

"It's been a work in progress. Everybody is working together, brick by brick, to see what a crisis stabilization unit in the state of Arkansas should look like," Washington County Attorney Brian Lester said.

The first floor of the Washington County Courthouse Annex will soon be home to a crisis stabilization unit, or CSU, to divert people in mental health crisis from jail.

"We have severe overcrowding in our jails. Benton County is having an overcrowding with their jail. To know that over a third of those people there could benefit from mental health services and not jail helps us with that," Lester said.

Lester says on Monday some construction will begin, but the county is working to finalize the details.

"The architect has got to come up with particulars on a lot of things and this is just the floor plan. There's a lot more than goes into the design of it. Once we have that, we will put together a bid package." READ MORE.

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