State of the art mental health facility opens in Tucson

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Mental illness affects millions of people across the country and sometimes help can be hard to come by.

In Southern Arizona, a new state of the art facility will make it a little easier for those seeking treatment.

"The opening of this building is very exciting for us.  In this state of the art facility we will be able to provide services for patients with mental health needs all the way from crisis intervention to out patient services," said Dr. Patricia Harrison-Monroe.

Two new crisis intervention and treatment facilities are getting ready to open to the public next week at the University Physicians Hospital Kino campus.

The Behavior Health Pavilion and the Crisis Response Center will provide care to anyone experiencing an emergency behavioral health issue.

"It's a pretty exciting time for tucson and Pima County we're really kind of fully operationalized from what we call a crisis service network," said CEO of Community Partnership of Southern Arizona Neal Cash.

Included in the buildings is a new call center for anyone needing mental or behavioural help. 

They have whole floors dedicated to psychiatric care and their very own Pima County Superiour Court room so some patients don't have to leave.

A facility it's employees are truly proud of.

"The goal for us is to get people to the right place at the right time for the right kind of services," said Cash.

"We have really worked to strengthen the continum of care that people struggling with mental illness certainly need," said Dr. Harrison-Monroe.

Officials at the mental health facility brought up the January 8 shootings, saying Pima Community College could have suggested the facility when dealing with suspected shooter Jared Loughner.