DESC is planning to use the building at 1600 S. Lane St. to be a Crisis Solution Center. Essentially that means it will be a facility for nonviolent adults in King County who are in psychiatric or substance abuse related crises. This place would be somewhere they could go for clinical stabilization in lieu of being jailed or spending time in a hospital.
There are three programs:
1. Crisis Diversion Facility that will hold people for 72 hours — there are 16 beds in this section
2. If people are homeless and need longer term support they move to the Crisis Interim Services that holds them for up to 2 weeks — there are 30 beds in this program.
3. A mobile crisis team that goes out into the community to determine if a person is a good candidate to come to the center.
They plan on having a group of 85 health professional (social worker, behavioral/mental help, etc.) on site and about 8/9 administrative staff. There will be no security, but all of their employees will be trained.
How it works: Medic 1s or Police Officers from around King County assess people in substance abuse / psychiatric crisis when picked up and if they fit criteria, are transported by police car or ambulance to the Crisis Solution Center. Some folks may be handcuffed or strapped to gurneys, but all are there voluntarily admitted and are released when they request it. Otherwise if they are present in the program they are not allowed to leave the premise until their time is up, or they have found lasting support / housing. A fence is planned for the front of the facility to block the sight of people being admitted.
There are very few centers like this across the country. DESC has expressed that they want to hear community concerns and would make the changes unless they conflict with their mission. One thing that he expects is that the Project Manager they hope to hire December 1st will be participating regularly with the Jackson Place Community Council.
There will be a public meeting on Tuesday, November 9th at 6:30 PM and location TBD.