Lack of funds delays Washington County crisis stabilization unit

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County judge says the county will seek private funds. In August 2018, Washington County officials said a new crisis stabilization unit — an alternative to jail for people suffering from mental illness — would be open by that October, as soon as the county renovated a 5,000 square foot space in the Judicial Annex Building to make way for the planned 16-bed facility. Months later, the Northwest Arkansas Crisis Stabilization Unit remains unbuilt, and the county may be abandoning its plans to remodel the annex. It may instead house the CSU in a nearby building occupied by Washington County Emergency Management, County Judge Joseph Wood said in a phone interview on Thursday. Wood said the location would be less costly to...

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Lack of funds delays Washington County crisis stabilization unit

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