Linn County Creating First Mental Health Access Center

Linn County groups are working together to create Linn County’s first Mental Health Access Center.

The center will be for adults who are experiencing a mental health or substance abuse crisis in our community. Hospitals, law enforcement, and service providers have long identified the need for a setting more appropriate than jail or a hospital emergency room for people to receive crisis mental health and substance abuse services. The Access Center will provide short-term assistance for individuals in crisis and then connect them to on-going recovery services. It will provide services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Linn County’s new Mental Health Access Center will be located in the former Linn County Public Health building at 501 13th Street Northwest in Cedar Rapids next to the Abbe Center for Community Health.

Linn County has committed $3.5 million for start-up funding. The Linn County Supervisors worked with local law enforcement, hospitals and local mental health partners to make the center a reality.

It’s expected to open next year, with Erin Foster as its director.