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County opens behavioral health crisis center in Victorville

VICTORVILLE, Calif. — San Bernardino County opened the Desert Hill Crisis Residential Treatment center, a 16-bed facility for individuals and families to access crisis services. The site in Victorville opened Aug. 6 and is one of five new centers in the County.

“These local treatment centers fill a vital need in our communities for folks in the midst of a crisis,” Supervisor Lovingood said. “They also will help ease overburdened emergency rooms and will help free up the time of Sheriff’s Deputies who otherwise would have to transport individuals to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton.”

The new centers will provide effective, less-restrictive alternatives to costly inpatient hospitalizations or incarcerations for those facing mental health crises. The new facilities will provide behavioral health services in a home-like environment and are cost-effective alternatives to emergency room visits and law enforcement responses.

CRTs are voluntary, 16-bed centers that will provide short-term, recovery-based treatment options, services and interventions in a home-like setting for up to 90 days.

They will provide immediate voluntary, outpatient crisis stabilization services for up to 23 hours to individuals as an alternative to placement in a hospital.

The new centers were made possible by California Senate Bill 82, which established the Investment in Mental Health Wellness Act of 2013.

Who Can Use the Services?

  • Adults ages 18 and up.
  • Those who are at risk of experiencing a crisis.
  • Those who are appropriate for an environment with shared living.
  • Those who are willing to actively participate in developing their own plans for recovery.
  • Those who are non-violent and not sex offenders.
  • Those who have Medi-Cal or are not insured.

The facility is located at 16552 Sunhill Drive in Victorville. The phone number for general information is (760) 780-4400.

For more information visit their website: Desert Hill Crisis Residential Treatment Center for Adults

(source: Robert Lovingood news release)

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