Crisis units get some 'rainy day' money
Units get about $2 million
By Michael R. Wickline
LITTLE ROCK -- Legislative leaders signed off on Gov. Asa Hutchinson's request to tap the covid-19 rainy-day fund for about $2 million for the crisis stabilization unit programs in four counties in Arkansas.
The pilot programs are in Craighead, Pulaski, Sebastian and Washington counties.
The programs provide a needed alternative to jail for people who are suffering a mental health crisis and are behaving in a way appearing threatening to others, state Department of Human Services Secretary Cindy Gillespie said in a letter to Larry Walther, secretary of the Department of Finance and Administration. READ MORE.