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September, 2016
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New Mental Health Triage Center Coming on Line.

Emergency Preparedness Expo Free to attend

Thurston Food Rescue Expands Efforts

Zero Waste Shopping & Food Storage

Reserve Deputies Provide Needed Assistance

Thurston County Elections Wins statewide Award on Outreach

Jazz Messenger Visits Olympia.

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 New Mental Health Triage Center Coming on Line.

Facility will provide help for those in mental health crisis

Thurston and Mason County Commissioners and other local officials have dedicated the new Thurston-Mason County Mental Health Triage Center.

The 7,500 square foot facility is located at 3285 Ferguson St. SW in Tumwater next to the Accountability and Restitution Center. Construction and operation of the facility falls under the umbrella of The Thurston-Mason Behavioral Health Organization (TMBHO), a program of Thurston and Mason Counties.

Those speaking at the ribbon cutting included Thurston County Commissioners Blake, Wolfe and Romero and Mason County Commissioner Terri Jeffreys. Others making remarks were Thurston County Prosecutor Jon Tunheim, Thurston County Public Defense Director Daryl Rodrigues and Olympia Assistant Police Chief Aaron Jelcick.

An existing one-story building was converted into the 10-bed Triage Center. It will operate as a secure 24-hour, 7-days-per-week treatment facility, licensed by the Washington State Department of Health, to assist individuals with mental illness who are in crisis. One of the main goals of the program is to provide law enforcement an alternate location to take individuals who are suffering from mental health and/or substance issues, other than a jail cell.

By John Tennis

The ribbon Is cut on the new Triage Center. The ribbon Is cut on the new Triage Center.