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Posted on: June 11, 2021

[ARCHIVED] MEDIA ALERT: Kansas City and Springfield Mayors tour Burrell's Behavioral Crisis Center

MEDIA ALERT

Springfield Mayor Ken McClure will host Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas in a visit to Springfield, Friday, June 11. The two mayors will offer a press availability after meeting with Springfield Police Major Tad Peters and touring Burrell's Behavioral Crisis Center. Lucas is interested in learning more about the partnership between Springfield Police Department and Burrell Behavioral Health, specifically the new Rapid Access Treatment Center.

The center is a crisis point for individuals who need immediate psychiatric care, treatment for opioid abuse, or intake for behavioral health services and is a partnership between Burrell and local county and city officials. The goal is to provide an alternative for already overloaded emergency rooms and jails, for someone who is a mental health crisis.

Police Chief Paul Williams, Springfield-Greene County Health Department Acting Director Katie Towns, and Greene County Presiding Commissioner Bob Dixon all support the innovative approach.

Mayors McClure and Lucas are part of a group of Missouri mayors working together to address violent crime. As Kansas City mayor, Lucas has prioritized making Kansas City’s neighborhoods safer. In Springfield, Mayor McClure and his colleagues on City Council have deemed public safety and quality of place as major priorities. Addressing crime is a specific focus.

Media Availability
Time: 2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Date: Friday, June 11, 2021
Location: Burrell Behavioral Crisis Center, 800 S. Park
Parking: Parking onsite available; briefing will take place inside the cafeteria

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT CORA SCOTT AT 417-380-3352 OR MORGAN SAID AT 816-385-3464.

 

 

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