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Community crisis center to open in Boise

Posted at 7:36 PM, Nov 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-29 21:36:58-05

Boise is getting a brand new community crisis center called Pathways Community Crisis Center.

The center will be the fourth to open in the state which provides services for individuals experiencing a mental health or substance-use crisis.

"Basically it's a triage and stabilization center. Individuals can come here and stay here for up to 23 hours and 59 minutes to get some behavioral health services and get linked to the services that fit there needs in the community," said Chris Christopher, the Director of Business Development for Pathways of Idaho.

The facility will be open 24 hours a day to anyone in need.

Those in charge said many times when a crisis occurs it's after 5 p.m. and many services are shut down for the day.

The center will provide a safe space for individuals to turn to during the dark hours free of charge.
"We will be that outlet for folks that don't necessarily meet the criteria to go into the E.R. however they are experiencing enough crisis to where maybe they are off their meds for a couple of days and there compensating. They are just needing a place to go that's safe and comfortable and be able to talk to a counselor and get some resources," said Christopher.

The plan is to eventually have a crisis center for all of those who might need help in the Gem State.
They said it's a service that has been missing in the Treasure Valley for a long time and will be a great addition for those in need. 

"Anybody can walk up. Anybody can refer, so it's a huge benefit for our community to have this outlet of services," said Christopher.

The center is set to open December 12th.