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Boyd to provide update on crisis stabalization center project

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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.