Douglas County, Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center and the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority had a groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 8, 2019, for the Treatment and Recovery Campus of Douglas County. The campus is located north of the Community Health Facility at 1000 W. Second Street. The campus will provide services and housing for individuals with serious mental illness and substance use disorders.
Treanor HL is the architect and Mar Lan Construction is providing construction management services.
The estimated cost of the two housing projects is $4.1 million and it will be funded through a variety of resources including the quarter-cent sales tax that was approved by voters in November 2018 to improve behavioral health services and facilities in Douglas County.
“I want to thank staff and all of the partners who have worked so hard on this project, which will provide safe and secure housing for people with mental illness and substance use disorders in Douglas County. It has been a huge undertaking and I’m very grateful for everyone’s commitment to improving access to care in our community,” said Douglas County Commissioner Michelle Derusseau. “We especially want to thank the voters of Douglas County for making this project a reality.
The buildings that will be located on the campus are Turning Point, Transitions and The Cottages.
Turning Point is a crisis and recovery center that will provide high quality behavioral health crisis services performed by a patient-focused, multi-disciplinary team. Staff will include: mental health professionals, peer support specialists, behavioral health technicians, licensed addiction staff, case managers and psychiatric professionals.
Turning Point will have an Access Center, 23-hour Observation Unit and Crisis Stabilization Unit.
- Serve adults and children in need of behavioral health services inclusive of mental health and substance abuse.
- Scheduled to operate Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., and for a total of 8 hours on Saturday and Sunday.
- Outside of those hours, services can be accessed through a secure and private 24-hour intake area that will available to police, EMS and adult walk-ins.
23-Hour Observation Unit
- 23-hour secure, highly structured, safe and flexible space to provide outpatient services
- 24/7 operations and availability
- Capacity —16 people
- Alternative to involuntary psychiatric treatment
Crisis Stabilization Unit
- Flexible, secure, and highly structured treatment space to meet varying mental health and substance disorder needs
- Capacity — 16 people
Transitions will be provide a congregate-style living setting that will serve up to 12 clients of Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center. These clients will attend programs designed to enhance their recovery and transition back into the community. Length of stay generally will be 6 to 12 months, but may vary depending on the client's stage of recovery.
Construction on this housing project began in November 2019 and it is expected to be completed by fall 2020.
The Cottages are supportive housing apartments that are owned and operated by the Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority and will serve up to 10 clients. Residents will be individuals with a diagnosed behavioral health condition and will be required to meet established criteria determined by the Housing Authority to live in the apartments. Individuals can stay in them forever, if needed, or they can transition out of them.
Construction on these apartments began in November 2019 and they are expected to be completed by fall 2020.
If you need immediate housing assistance, please contact Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center CEO Patrick Schmitz at email@example.com or 785-830-1878 or Lawrence-Douglas County Housing Authority Exective Director Shannon Oury at firstname.lastname@example.org.