WATCH: Jefferson County set to open new mental health center

Mental Health Matters

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — The Alabama Department of Mental Health introduced plans surrounding the latest mental health crisis center funded by state Tuesday morning.

The center, the fourth of its kind in Alabama, will serve individuals with mental illness and substance use disorders, expanding access to care more broadly than ever before. The center is planned to be open by May 2022.

Jefferson County Sheriff Mark Pettway said the center will benefit law enforcement as they handle incidents involving those suffering from mental illness. Deputies will also have access to mental health professionals through telehealth means.

The location of the center will be along Beacon Parkway and will bring over 150 new jobs to the county. The center itself will cost roughly $7 million a year from the state.

You can watch the full press conference in the video player above.

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