PAPILLION, Neb. (AP) – Sarpy County commissioners have taken a $1 million step toward building a mental health crisis center.
The Board of Commissioners has approved spending $1.05 million on a nearly 7-acre (2.8-hectare) parcel on the south end of Bellevue, near Offutt Air Force Base.
The center would serve as a short-term emergency facility where people would go voluntarily for mental health and substance abuse assessments. It also would provide law enforcement officers with a place to take people who don’t belong in jail or a traditional hospital.
A preliminary report suggests the $10 million to $13 million center would be available for use by all Sarpy County law enforcement agencies, as well as Cass, Dodge, Douglas and Washington counties.