Mental Health “ER” Coming to Nashville
“When somebody’s suffering from mental illness, and they’re in crisis, a lot of times families are frustrated, they don’t know what to do. Sometimes there is behavior that makes people really feel the need to call police for assistance. A lot of time, these people really need treatment. They don’t really need to be kept in jail,” said Metro Health Department Director Dr. William Paul.
In order to stop pressure on police and supply a place for people in mental health crisis, Metro Health Department and Mental Health Cooperative announced plans to build a mental health “ER”. The $3 million facility will be a place police can drop off patients dealing with mental health issues for immediate treatment. Watch the news story on NewsChannel 5.