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Mind Springs Health to host open house for mental health crisis treatment unit on April 17

Deepan Dutta, Summit Daily News
The Medical Office Building next to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco will be home to a new Acute Treatment Unit for individuals undergoing a mental health crisis.The unit will have an open house on Wednesday, April 17.
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Mind Springs Health is hosting an open house for the public preview the mental health provider’s new “Summit Safe Haven,” a 24/7 acute mental health treatment unit. The unit, with six beds, will be a regional facility where people undergoing a short-term mental health crisis can be taken for proper evaluation and treatment with a licensed clinician supervising. Until this unit was built, Summit County did not have a proper facility for those undergoing an acute mental health crisis to be observed and treated. Previously, individuals experiencing a mental health crisis would be admitted to a hospital by law enforcement, which are not always prepared to handle such cases.

“It’s going to be a game changer in this community,” said Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons, a proponent of treating mental health instead of criminalizing it. “It’s two years in the making. This year, the Sheriff’s Office is going to start responding to mental health crises with deputies pairing with a mental health clinician to bring people undergoing a crisis to this unit, instead of the hospital.”

“Having access to crisis stabilization services in the county is such a huge victory for our community,” said Building Hope program manager Betsy Casey. “A lot of partners have been working for a while to get it up and running, it’s exciting.”

The open house will take place on Wednesday, April 17, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Medical Office Building, 360 Peak One Drive in Frisco, next to the Mind Springs Health office on the first floor.

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