The Edmond Sun

September 14, 2013

Oklahoma County Crisis Intervention Center to move

The Edmond Sun

OKLA. CITY — The Oklahoma County Crisis Intervention Center, 1200 N.E. 13th St., will move Sept. 18 to 2625 General Pershing Blvd. The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services is leasing space from NorthCare for the new facility. The crisis center is the first building that NorthCare, an Oklahoma City nonprofit mental health and substance abuse treatment organization, plans to build in the area as part of a mental health campus.

The move will help help law enforcement with transport issues, and offer people in psychological crisis more privacy. In addition to the 16-bed inpatient unit, OCCIC also will have a mental health urgent care section, where people can stay for up to 24 hours to receive psychological stabilization services.

Carrie Slatton-Hodges, ODMHSAS deputy commissioner for treatment and recovery, said the relocation won’t add new beds to the system, “which are sorely needed,” and that the department will continue to try to obtain funding for additional crisis centers in the future.

Studies show that more than 620,000 Oklahoma adults suffer from mental illness. Of these, 146,213 have a “serious” mental illness and an estimated 135,047 have experienced serious psychological stress in the past year. For more information about accessing crisis services, call 522-8100.