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crisis stabilization unit

The location for the Northwest Arkansas Crisis Stabilization Unit will be in the Washington County Judicial Annex. The 16 bed facility is scheduled to open late October of 2018.

“The CSU provides an alternative to jail when someone appears to be in a mental-health crisis,” states Governor Asa Hutchison. “Before today, law enforcement officers generally had only one option when dealing with a person who was a threat to others or to himself. But an arrest isn’t always the best option. Now, officers have a place to take someone where people are trained to recognize and treat behavioral-health issues.”

As County Judge, I am pleased we have a unit to serve the citizens across the region. We are partnering with many agencies and community leaders to include our drug courts, judges, medical community and with law enforcement officers across the region. Law Enforcement Officers in particular are undergoing crisis intervention training and will be the drivers for a successful stabilization unit. They will make the decision to divert someone from going to jail and bring them to the crisis stabilization unit. We are also partnering with Ozark Guidance who will be the medical service provider for the NWACSU. This is a needed service to not only our county but to the region. To serve those in severe mental crisis and get them the attention needed for healthier outcomes while diverting them from our crowed jails, is a tremendous benefit to the region...

Update List

  • Site selected for Northwest Arkansas Crisis Stabilization Unit (NWACSU) Washington County Judicial Annex 
  • Washington County will partner with Ozark Guidance Center who will provide medical services for the NWACSU. Agreement being reviewed currently

  • Architecture plans being finalized
  • County Judge and County Attorney presented to the latest law enforcement officers during the Crisis Intervention Training 8/7/18  

  • Department Health Human Services and Behavioral Services toured facility and approved 8/8/2018

Update as of 9/18/2018

  • CSU Stakeholders met 8/29 to discuss facility work, crisis intervention training, and partnerships supporting the NWACSU
  • Presentation by NWACSU Service provider Ozark Guidance Center was made to County Law Enforcement and Jails Committee Meeting 9/10/2018
  • Met with Carroll County JudgeBarr and reporter about NWACSU:


  • Washington County Judge Wood, Benton County Judge Moehring, and Madison County Judge Weaver toured facility with project developers 9/18/2018
  • Next Crisis Intervention Team (C.I.T.) Training is scheduled for November 5th – 9th , 2018 in Springdale.

Update as of 1/3/2019

Washington County is scheduled to hear from the Endeavor Foundation during the first quarter of 2019 regarding a grant for the NWACSU. The catchment area hosted their last Crisis Intervention Training for 2018 on November 7th. The County Judge and County Attorney participated  and visited with the officers on their CIT Panel. It was large class of committed law enforcement personnel and Ozark Guidance leaders.

The next CIT is being arranged for either late January or early February.

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