Group established for building, preliminary operations of Lubbock psychological well being diversion middle


LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) – The Metropolis of Lubbock and Lubbock County have accepted an settlement establishing a committee to supervise building and preliminary operations of the HOPE Middle, a behavioral psychological well being disaster diversion middle.

“It’s the primary time we’ve ever, I feel in my historical past, we’ve gotten everyone along with the six companions,” Councilwoman Latrelle Pleasure mentioned.

Pleasure was referring to the West Texas Psychological Well being Collaborative, which is able to make up the steering committee. An Interlocal Settlement accepted inside the final week by the Lubbock Metropolis Council and Lubbock County Commissioners Courtroom establishes the committee. Every contributed $3.5 million in ARPA funding for the middle’s building.

Every member of the Collaborative, together with the Metropolis of Lubbock, Lubbock County, UMC Well being System, Covenant Well being, Texas Tech College/Texas Tech Well being Sciences Middle, and StarCare Specialty Well being System will appoint a “high-level” consultant for the steering committee.

“[The HOPE Center] might be constructed out on the property the place StarCare is situated,” Pleasure mentioned. “That’s shifting ahead with architects in order that we will start constructing.”

StarCare CEO Beth Lawson instructed commissioners the committee would meet month-to-month. Based on the settlement, the time period would finish a yr following the grand opening of the middle. Throughout that point, it’s charged with recommending insurance policies, enhancing coordination of and supporting building, and preliminary operations. It’s additionally anticipated to offer suggestions for future operations and priorities of the middle.

“We’re within the enviable place to have the ability to broaden providers to assist folks keep away from going to emergency rooms, jail, bodily medication hospitals,” Lawson mentioned. “We’re actually excited in regards to the further capability to help folks.”

Lawson mentioned the StarCare facility on East nineteenth Avenue is already “bursting on the seams” and plans to broaden by 15 further beds with its personal ARPA funds. Lawson believes that enlargement and the HOPE Middle will permit StarCare to offer assist to extra individuals who shouldn’t be in search of help elsewhere.

“One of many fundamental targets of the diversion middle is to divert regulation enforcement from jail, from emergency rooms, and from having to be off their beat as a result of they’re serving to folks entry well being care providers,” Lawson mentioned. “My motto, in all probability not the primary day, however hopefully, the final day of the primary yr is drive in, drop off, and drive away. We need to assist regulation enforcement not even must get out of their automobile once they assist folks entry providers.”

Lubbock County Choose Curtis Parrish and Lubbock Metropolis Councilwoman Latrelle Pleasure are anticipated to serve on the steering committee.


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