Guilford County government, in partnership with Cone Health, has opened a $20 million facility to care for people experiencing a mental health crisis.
Behavioral Health Urgent Care at 931 Third St. in Greensboro saw its first patients on Monday. The care center will provide acute behavioral health care 24 hours a day, seven days a week for both adults and adolescents, officials said in a news release.
The facility combines behavioral health services and emergency medical care. It has a 16-bed adult crisis center, an on-site pharmacy, outpatient services and peer counseling rooms.
Behavioral Health Urgent Care is the first of two facilities scheduled to open this year. A 16-bed child-based crisis center will offer extended stay care for adolescents and will open later this summer.
Jeff Phillips, chairman of the Guilford County Behavioral Health Oversight Board and former chair of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, was among more than 100 local leaders and state legislators who attended a Saturday morning ribbon-cutting.
“This new center is an outward testimony of Guilford County’s commitment to providing exceptional behavioral health care in an inviting and therapeutic space,” Phillips said. “It’s an affirmation that we treat and respect our community’s behavioral health needs and remove the stigma associated with mental health.”
Providing patients with a modern, welcoming space was part of the design process, said Kay Cashion, an at-large Guilford County commissioner, Behavioral Health Oversight Committee member and longtime supporter of the crisis-based mental health initiative.
“It is my sincere wish that this facility will provide comfort, hope, information and inclusion both for the patients and for their family/caregivers who are with them on their journey,” Cashion said.