Mental health observation center to open at downtown shelter
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 4:15 PM
Central Iowa Shelter & Services will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 10 for a new Crisis Observation Center opening at the downtown homeless shelter. The center, which will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week at Central Iowa Shelter & Services' facility at 1420 Mulberry St., will provide an alternative to the hospital or jail for adults experiencing a mental health crisis. The center will be staffed by medical and mental health professionals from Eyerly Ball and the Mobile Crisis Response Team. There will be no cost to individuals accessing care at the center, which was coordinated through several partnerships and is funded by Polk County. The center will be open for tours July 10 from 3 to 6 p.m., with a ribbon cutting scheduled at 4 p.m.