Crisis center looks to speed up mental health response

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A new location to receive mental health care in West Michigan is getting closer to completion.

The Behavioral Health Crisis Center project is a partnership between Network180 and Trinity Health Grand Rapids.

Crews are busy putting the finishing touches on the new $4 million project.

The 9,000 square foot facility will have 16 to 18 beds with additional outpatient services.

Inside the new Behavioral Health Crisis Center that is under construction at Trinity Health Grand Rapids. (Jan. 22, 2024)
Inside the new Behavioral Health Crisis Center that is under construction at Trinity Health Grand Rapids. (Jan. 22, 2024)
A Behavioral Health Crisis Center is under construction at Trinity Health Grand Rapids. (Jan. 22, 2024)
A Behavioral Health Crisis Center is under construction at Trinity Health Grand Rapids. (Jan. 22, 2024)
A Behavioral Health Crisis Center is under construction at Trinity Health Grand Rapids. (Jan. 22, 2024)
A Behavioral Health Crisis Center is under construction at Trinity Health Grand Rapids. (Jan. 22, 2024)
Inside the new Behavioral Health Crisis Center that is under construction at Trinity Health Grand Rapids. (Jan. 22, 2024)
Inside the new Behavioral Health Crisis Center that is under construction at Trinity Health Grand Rapids. (Jan. 22, 2024)

The center is being built on the first floor of the 260 Jefferson Building at the Trinity Health Grand Rapids campus, according to Beverly Ryskamp the Chief Operating Officer of Network180.

“It’s a model that’s sort of in between a traditional outpatient experience and full inpatient care. We’ve traditionally had access to both of those models but in this model, we want to give people intensive treatment as rapidly as possible,” Ryskamp said. “Now that people are much more comfortable talking about mental health, which is wonderful that people are recognizing need, we’re also seeing difficulty getting into care.”

The new model is possible because of state legislation signed in 2021 allowing these centers to be created.

“Other states have implemented models like this but this is really Michigan’s first foray into this type of model and there are approximately nine sites that are under development right now as sort of the first cohort in Michigan,” Ryskamp said. “It is adding capacity to our community and we will have a full range of professionals onsite. Psychiatry will be 24-7. Some of it will be telehealth some of it will be in person, we’ll have social workers here, case managers here, we’ll have peer support specialists.”

Carrie Mull, the administrative director for behavioral health at Trinity Health Grand Rapids, said the center will help patients more easily be matched with the care they need.

“This is going to be a medical center and a therapeutic place combined and that is not easy to pull off,” Mull said. “No matter your insurance and no matter what you have going on, if you have a psychiatric crisis of some sort or a psychiatric issue come here and we will figure it out.”

The center is expected to open in late spring or early summer.

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