South Bend announces funding for a mental health center

Members of Faith in Indiana, who advocate for the Behavioral Crisis Center, stand in protest during a St. Joseph County commissioners meeting on December 20, 2022.

SOUTH BEND — On the heels of St. Joseph County commissioners submitting a funding settlement that will pay for the development and operation of a behavioral disaster middle, South Bend Mayor James Mueller introduced Tuesday that the town will step in to offer funds for the psychological well being middle.

In a press release, the town introduced that it’s going to present $2.66 million in American Rescue Funding to pay for a disaster middle in partnership with Oaklawn. The Behavioral Disaster Heart is being constructed at Epworth Hospital in South Bend metropolis middle and can present 14 beds for residents requiring emergency psychological well being care.

The funds pays for building bills in addition to the primary yr of operation of the middle. Oaklawn will handle the middle, which is predicted to be accomplished in late spring, and has been working since late 2021 as a partnership between native governments, Memorial Hospital, and native police companies.

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