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RELEASE: Rep. Christensen's Bill to Establish a Mental Health Crisis Center in Savage Heard in Committee

Thursday, March 8, 2018

St. Paul – On Wednesday, a bill by State Representative Drew Christensen, R-Savage, to establish a regional crisis center in Savage was heard in the Capital Investment Committee. House File 3004 will issue bonds up to $1.4 million an amount that will be matched by Scott County for this project. 

"Our country, our state, and our communities are facing a mental health crisis. We need to make sure communities across the state have the resources to deal with this growing epidemic," said Rep. Christensen. "This project is planned and ready to break ground. We should move forward, fund this facility, and make sure the residents of Savage and surrounding communities have access to this important resource."

The Scott County facility, to be built in Savage, will house sixteen beds for intensive residential and treatment services. The new facility will provide stabilization and treatment for persons with a primary or secondary mental health diagnosis in lieu of inpatient psychiatric hospitalization. The facility will be a regional resource for patients for stays up to 90 days in length. 

Savage Mayor Janet Williams was among those testifying in support of this facility.