Connecting the Unconnected through promotion of mental and behavioral health for all residents.

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Olmsted County collaborates with local and regional partners on an on-going basis. Some efforts are aimed at small, incremental changes that affect the daily operations and impact how we help our clients. Some are focused on big and bold initiatives that will dramatically alter how and where services are provided and to whom – like the CREST Regional Mental Health Crisis Center.

The Crisis Center will connect adults, as well as families and children to 24/7 access to the mental health services they need, regardless of their age, type of crisis, or ability to pay in a welcoming, calm environment designed with their specific needs in mind.  The facility will be a safe and family-friendly atmosphere – with a recovery-focused design that doesn't feel clinical or restrictive. People who don't require an overnight stay will be able to receive an assessment, intervention, and real-time crisis care and coordination, as well as ongoing services.

Estimates show the proposed regional facility could expect to serve an average of 11 people daily or 4,015 in a year, which would take pressure off emergency rooms and similar facilities that aren't equipped to handle the specialized needs.

The new facility represents the vision of several entities working together to develop a new model of care, utilizing the medical expertise of Olmsted Medical Center and Mayo Clinic, the knowledge and resources of the National Alliance for Mental Illness Southeast Minnesota (NAMI SE MN), guidance from regional partners, and local governance and operational oversight of Olmsted County.

In addition to the medical and physical design teams, an Executive Board will be established likely made up of representatives from Mayo Clinic, Olmsted County, Olmsted Medical Center, NAMI Southeast Minnesota and surrounding counties. An Advisory Board made up of consumers and community agencies, and various ad-hoc committees to address specific issues will also be formed to assure broad input that will lead to the best outcomes for our region.

The center will serve the 10-county area that includes Dodge, Steele, Waseca, Olmsted, Goodhue, Wabasha, Mower, Fillmore, Winona, and Houston counties.

Olmsted County is proud to be Connecting the Unconnected.