“Detox, mental health center best on Division Street, task force says”

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Clinical Nurse Manager Anthony Ulrich stands inside the Whatcom County Triage Center in Bellingham, Thursday, October 20, 2016. Run by Compass Health, the triage center helps up to five people in behavioral health crisis at a time.
Philip A. Dwyer - pdwyer@bhamherald.com


By Kie Relyea  |  krelyea@bhamherald.com

BELLINGHAM - Division Street is the best location for a new 32-bed center to treat those who are struggling with mental illness and substance abuse.

That is what the County Council heard Tuesday, Oct. 25, during the second report from the Whatcom County Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force.

The projected cost for a new center, with two sides joined by a common entrance, would be roughly $6.5 million.

Division Street already is home to the Whatcom County Triage Center, which helps up to five people in behavioral health crisis, and Whatcom Community Detox, which helps up to eight people withdrawing from drugs and/or alcohol. Both services share a building, although different organizations run them.

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