PRESCOTT VALLEY- Surrounded by members of the community on a hot Thursday afternoon, West Yavapai Guidance Clinic CEO Larry D. Green opened the organization’s new 1.75 million dollar Crisis Stabilization Unit in Prescott Valley by sharing a story about his younger brother Casey.
During the speech, Green shared his brother’s accomplishments such as already being an accredited travel agent at thirteen-years-old and becoming a senior flight attendant serving mostly international flights in first class during adulthood. However, Green mentioned his brother’s issues with alcohol and how the damage done throughout the years ultimately cost him his life.
“Would a facility like this have helped Casey in his Colorado community?” said Green during the speech. “I believe so.”
The Crisis Stabilization Unit opening for West Yavapai Guidance Clinic is an accomplishment ten years in the making for the organization and Green. The purpose is to provide assistance to those who are having a mental health crisis or struggling with an addiction. Individuals can come in twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week for assistance. The facility will feature medical staff, social workers, registered nurses, and many others to treat those who need it.
“By having a facility like this to get help when someone’s ready, and that’s a key when someone’s ready, they can come here.” said Green in an interview after his speech. “They don’t have to wait for an appointment, they can come here.”
“That’s how it keeps it alive, it may help a Casey.”
The Crisis Stabilization Unit will also allow law enforcement a second option when deciding between incarceration or the emergency room for those suffering a mental health crisis.
“For minor crimes that we might have to arrest somebody for, instead of that we can bring them here if they are suffering from mental illness or expected mental illness.” Prescott Valley Chief of Police Bryan Jarrell said. “In the end, it’s more important that the mentally ill get helped then incarcerate them because it just doesn’t make sense.”
While the time spent at the facility will differ for each person who comes, individuals can stay in the bed/chair area for up to twenty-three hours, the goal is to continue helping the individual even after they leave.
“Our goal is to stabilize care and get people engaged in out patient services in the community,” Green said.
Housed in the old Copper State Bolt and Nut Company in Prescott Valley at 8655 E. Eastridge Dr., JEBCo Construction worked for ten months to remodel facility to fit it’s new purpose. One final step remains as the unit must get accredited and licensed before opening in end of May or early June.
“Taken a long time to get this facility off the ground,” Green said. “It makes me feel really good because as I shared, it’s personal."