Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Psychiatric crisis center opens on city's north side

by Meg Kissinger

August 30, 2012

A 12-bed crisis resource center opened Thursday on Milwaukee's north side aimed at reducing the number of psychiatric patients treated at the county's Behavioral Health Center.

The facility at 2511 W. Vine St. will house patients who are in psychiatric crisis but are not in need of being restrained.

A similar facility on the south side opened three years ago.

The north side center will be operated by Community Advocates on a contract with Milwaukee County.

Consultants for more than three decades have been urging county officials to reduce the size of the patient population at the hospital, where care costs roughly $1,400 a day. Jim Kubicek, assistant administrator of the county's Behavioral Health Division, said the cost of care at the crisis resource center is considerably less, although he did not specify the amount.

Patients are expected to stay up to four days. They will come in voluntarily. Those patients refusing care but considered dangerous will need to be admitted to the hospital.

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