Behavioral Health Center Off to Slow Start

Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center

Behavioral Health Center Off to Slow Start

In its first 7 months, a jail diversion program to address mental health and addiction is running at low occupancy -- but shows some hopeful signs.

by joe sullivan • october 25, 2018

since local and state officials cut the ribbon at the center in march, its beds have remained largely empty.    (Photos courtesy of the city of knoxville)   

The Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center opened in March with much fanfare as an alternative to jail for those arrested for non-violent offenses with signs of mental illness and usually involving intoxication.
A measure of success: So far, only 20 percent of those who have come through the center have been rearrested.
Since jailings for public intoxication alone in Knox County reportedly run about 4,000 a year, there was doubt in some qu...

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