In the fall of 2017, Sarpy County formalized its focus on mental health care by forming a Mental Health Leadership Team with representatives from the Sarpy County Board of Commissioners, Sheriff’s Office, County Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, County Administration and Region 6 Behavioral Health.
Team members and community partners from across Sarpy County took part in a Sequential Intercept Mapping (SIM) exercise sponsored by Region 6. The exercise created a “map” of how people dealing with mental health crises meet and flow through the criminal justice system. The map shows opportunities for intervention, where people can be redirected toward treatment.
The exercise also identified a number of gaps where additional treatment options are needed, including the need for a crisis stabilization center for use by Sarpy County law enforcement agencies. The Leadership team made this facility a top priority.
Sarpy County identified several potential sites for a stabilization center. When analyzing each location, the Mental Health Leadership Team considered a number of factors, including each site’s proximity to a medical provider.
Following the leadership team’s recommendation, the County Board voted to purchase approximately six acres of land near Nebraska Medicine-Bellevue for the facility. The County is still in the due diligence phase of the land purchase.
In the near future, we hope to decide on the ultimate location for the crisis center once we have community partners in place to help operate the facility.
From the feedback we’ve received from residents across Sarpy County, it’s clear that there is both a need and support for this type of facility, and we remain committed to building it at a location that works best for everyone involved.