Henrico awarded $10 million for detoxification, mental health treatment center

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Henrico County has been awarded $10.6 million from the state to open a 24-hour detoxification and mental health treatment center for adults.

The facility, which will be located in the Eastern Government Center near the intersection of Nine Mile Road and Masonic Lane, will have 16 crisis stabilization units for short-term overnight crisis care, as well as 16 detoxification beds and 16 23-hour recliners for evaluation and additional treatment.

The $10.6 million grant, which is coming from the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) will be combined with $13 million from county and federal sources to cover the facility’s $23.6 million cost.

“Henrico County is grateful and excited to partner with the Governor and DBHDS to expand our continuum of care for individuals who are experiencing a behavioral health crisis,” said Laura S. Totty, executive director of Henrico Area Mental Health & Developmental Services. “The Crisis Receiving Center and Detoxification Center will provide an opportunity for individuals to receive immediate treatment in the community while reducing the need for inpatient care. It will be life changing for our community and region. This funding will allow us to move from the planning and design stages for the center to implementation and will fill a critical gap in services.”

An architect and engineer have already begun the design for the facility and the county is looking for a behavioral health services company to operate it and a contracting company to built it. A timeline for construction will be determined after a contractor is selected.

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