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Posted on: June 14, 2021

Media Advisory: Springfield health leaders celebrate success during first year of Rapid Access

Burrell Behavioral Health Rapid Access Unit

When: June 17, 2021 – 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Where: Behavioral Crisis Center – 800 S. Park, Springfield, MO

Burrell Behavioral Health, the Health Living Alliance and the Springfield-Greene County Health Department will host an anniversary event for the Behavioral Crisis Center, featuring local leaders and elected officials, and members of Healthy Living Alliance at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, June 17, at the Behavioral Crisis Center, 800 S. Park Ave., Springfield.  

Burrell’s Behavioral Crisis Center - Rapid Access Unit opened in June 2020, at the height of the pandemic. Since then, it has provided services to nearly 1,300 individuals in need of: 

  • Immediate psychiatric services
  • Medication-assisted treatment for opioid use
  • Psychiatric assessment
  • Initial assessment eligibility determination
  • Brief therapy
  • Peer support services
  • 23-hour observation
  • Referral to appropriate follow up treatment

The crisis center allows for the coordination of necessary services and ongoing treatment options to improve the outcomes of people experiencing a mental health crisis. The around-the-clock facility was designed as an option for emergency responders to refer to- for those in the middle of mental health crises or simply needing services- instead of adding additional pressure to local emergency rooms or jails. This event is an opportunity for media to learn more about how the crisis center can serve the community and help increase its utilization by raising awareness. Recently, the requirement to remain at 50% of the facilities capacity to prevent the spread of COVID-19 was lifted, meaning the crisis center can now serve twice as many in need. Burrell Behavioral Health is encouraged that the crisis center has already become a safe space for many in Springfield and the surrounding areas. 

The media is invited to attend this event. If you plan to cover the event, please call or text your name, news outlet to Matt Lemmon at 417-415-1386. He will work to accommodate any interviews or access you may need. 

Parking is available in the lot of the Boys & Girls Club of Springfield, 720 S. Park.   

Contacts: Matt Lemmon, System Director of Communications, Burrell Behavioral Health, 417-415-1386, [email protected]; Aaron Schekorra, Public Health Information Administrator, Springfield-Greene County Health Department, 417-380-2556, [email protected]

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