Various San Diego County VIPs were on hand Friday to cut the ribbon for a new residential facility that will provide a home-like setting for people of North County who are in crisis.
The North Inland Crisis Residential Facility is located at 490 N. Grape St., Escondido.
The County of San Diego celebrated the completion of the new North Inland Crisis Residential Facility in Escondido. The facility will provide a home-like setting where individuals receive safe, short-term housing and behavioral health treatment services.
The building is on the site of the former North Inland Public Health Center, which moved to a new location in Escondido last summer. Sixty-five years ago the site was the Escondido High School football field—until 1955.
On hand to cut the ribbon were Third District Supervisor Dave Roberts, Alfredo Aguirre, director, Behavioral Health Services, County Health and Human Services Agency; Linda Hammond, president, Community Research Foundation and Judy Holder, Recovery Services Administrator, Recovery Innovations International.
Crisis residential services are an important alternative to hospitalization for mental health clients in need. The County Health and Human Service Agency’s North Inland Region has been the only region of the county without such a center.
The new facility will provide nearly 7,000 square feet of enclosed space with working areas for staff and 15 beds for clients, whose typical stay will be between 9 to 14 days. Funding to construct this facility comes from a grant from the Investment in Mental Health Wellness Act of 2013 as well as Mental Health Services Act Capital Facilities funds.
Programs and services for clients will begin in July and will be provided by Community Research Foundation. The project supports Live Well San Diego, the County’s vision for healthy, safe and thriving communities.