Several leaders in law enforcement and in the community are drawing up short-term and long-term plans for improving mental health services for those in crises. The Rapid City Journal reports that the short-term plans include using available resources such as the Crisis Care Center to help keep those in crisis out of jail. For long term concerns, the group is looking to open the Pennington County Health Facility in the city for those most in need of care. The need for mental health care in Rapid City has risen sharply since Regional Health changed their admission policy on helping those in states of mental crisis. If rooms are full, the only option now is for the person or persons to be sent to jail.
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