Per Montgomery County:
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Montgomery County officials will host a hybrid community information meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6 to provide the community with details on plans to open a Restoration Center. The center will provide a variety of behavioral health services, to include triage, crisis stabilization and warm hand off referrals to appropriate services. These services are designed to assist individuals who are experiencing mental health, substance use disorder, and/or other types of behavioral health crisis.
The center will operate 24 hours a day, 365 days per year and is expected to be located at the Seven Locks Criminal Justice Complex in Rockville.
The County is opening the restoration center to help reduce the use of emergency rooms, hospitals and jail detention. A team of multidisciplinary professionals will staff the center that will include nurses, licensed mental health and addiction professionals, peer specialists and resource navigators.
“The plan for the Restoration Center is to complement the County’s implementation of the Crisis Now model by offering a continuum of services and supports to people experiencing a behavioral health crisis, helping to prevent visits to hospital emergency departments and unnecessary arrest or detention in criminal justice facilities by diverting to a less restrictive and more clinically appropriate community-based setting,” said Raymond Crowel, director of the County’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
The in-person meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the third-floor hearing room of the County Council Office Building located at 100 Maryland Avenue in Rockville. Residents can join the meeting on the Zoom platform at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85023839341.
In addition to DHHS Director Crowel, County officials participating in the meeting will include Chief Administrative Officer Richard Madaleno, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Earl Stoddard, Police Chief Marcus Jones, Fire Chief Scott Goldstein, Corrections Director Angela Talley, DHHS Behavioral Health and Crisis Services Chief Rolando Santiago, and Department of General Services Director David Dise.
The agenda will include information on plans for the center, as well as an opportunity for feedback from attendees.
The County’s Capital Improvement Program budget for Fiscal Year 2023 includes $18.7 million in funding for the Restoration Center.