MINOT, ND (KXNET) — Beginning August 1, the North Central Human Service Center will expand its services.
At that time, people 18 and older who are experiencing a mental health or addiction crisis can come to the center for immediate help.
A trained crisis response team will provide short-term interventions, assess services that may be needed, or provide referrals to community providers who will help you.
The Central Regional Director said the goal of this new walk-in stabilization facility is to help people get relief quickly.
By having a quick assessment, he says law enforcement involvement will be shortened and there are likely to be fewer people using hospital emergency rooms.
“I think about that as really as this starting point for some people or even a safety net for people who maybe went on a wellness journey and ended up substance-free and made a relapse and they need that place to come back and start the process of getting back to wellness, this can be that place,” said Regional Manager John Butgereit.
The Minot Police Department has been involved in a soft opening with this service since June 1. Police Chief John Klug adds that this will help more people get the help they need.