County Opens Behavioral Health Crisis Center in High Desert

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– San Bernardino County opened the Desert Hill Crisis Residential Treatment center, a 16-bed facility  for individuals and families to access crisis services. The site in Victorville opened Aug. 6 and is one of five new centers in the County.

“These local treatment centers fill a vital need in our communities for folks in the midst of a crisis,” Supervisor Lovingood said. “They also will help ease overburdened emergency rooms and will help free up the time of Sheriff’s Deputies who otherwise would have to transport individuals to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton.”

The new centers will provide effective, less-restrictive alternatives to costly inpatient hospitalizations or incarcerations for those facing mental health crises. The new facilities will provide behavioral health services in a home-like environment and are cost-effective alternatives to emergency room visits and law enforcement responses.

CRTs are voluntary, 16-bed centers that will provide short-term, recovery-based treatment options, services and interventions in a home-like setting for up to 90 days. They will provide immediate voluntary, outpatient crisis stabilization services for up to 23 hours to individuals as an alternative to placement in a hospital. The new centers were made possible by California Senate Bill 82, which established the Investment in Mental Health Wellness Act of 2013.

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