A ceremonial groundbreaking for the Doña Ana County Crisis Triage Center will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 12, on the southeast corner of the Doña Ana County Detention Center grounds, 1850 Copper Loop, in Las Cruces.
Coordinated by the Doña Ana County Health and Human Services Department, the groundbreaking will feature brief comments by local mental-health advocates, Doña Ana County Commission Chairwoman Karen G. Perez and Vice Chair Scott A. Krahling.
Artists renderings of the completed facility will be on display, and the program will be conducted under a large tent to provide shade. Bottled water will be provided.
The Crisis Triage Center will be the first of its kind in the State of New Mexico, and its purpose will be to provide a safe and secure environment for individuals with serious mental health issues until they are stabilized beyond the crisis moment.
The facility also may divert non-violent adults with mental illness from the Doña Ana County Detention Center and offer enhanced safety for law enforcement and medical personnel, as well as efficient use of law enforcement, emergency room and detention resources.
The $2 million project is being funded entirely by Doña Ana County. Grant funding will be identified for operational purposes once the building is ready for occupancy.
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