DES MOINES, Iowa -- On July 15th, a facility designed to provide short term, immediate access to adults in need of mental health services will open to the public.
Unused office spaced at the Central Iowa Shelter and Services building in Des Moines has been converted into a Crisis Observation Center.
Anyone over the age of 18 experiencing a mental health crisis can be brought in by police, family, or friends, or bring in themselves. Their situation will be assessed by mental health professionals from Eyerly-Ball, an organization that provides mental health and crisis services in five central Iowa counties.
The goal is to stabilize the patient and return them to their housing, avoiding sending them to a jail or to the hospital for an expensive stay.
A ribbon cutting is being held on Thursday, July 10th at 4:00 p.m. with tours of the facility available from 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Services at the Crisis Observation Center are free to the public and funded by Polk County.