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Boyd to provide update on crisis stabalization center project

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd is expected to provide an update on how much it might cost to build a facility to house a regional crisis stabilization center when he addresses the Craighead County Quorum Court tonight. 

The county was one of four counties in the state to receive a one-point-six million dollar grant from the state to house a center.  A total of five million dollars was released for the project by Governor Asa Hutchinson. 

After a donation of a building fell through, Boyd says the county has been scrambling to come up with a solution.  He told the Quorum Court at the last meeting that he would try to get some initial cost estimates on how much it would cost to build a metal building on jail property to house the center.  He hopes to also tell how fast such a project could take place.  There is an expectation that the 16-bed center would be up soon, or the grant money could be lost.  The grant money can’t be used to build a building.  The crisis center would serve 13 counties and is designed to provide services for those who are mentally ill, instead of just arresting them.