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Crisis units get some 'rainy day' money


Units get about $2 million


By Michael R. Wickline
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

LITTLE ROCK -- Legislative leaders signed off on Gov. Asa Hutchinson's request to tap the covid-19 rainy-day fund for about $2 million for the crisis stabilization unit programs in four counties in Arkansas.

The pilot programs are in Craighead, Pulaski, Sebastian and Washington counties.

The programs provide a needed alternative to jail for people who are suffering a mental health crisis and are behaving in a way appearing threatening to others, state Department of Human Services Secretary Cindy Gillespie said in a letter to Larry Walther, secretary of the Department of Finance and Administration. READ MORE.

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