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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jun 3, 2019
The Behavioral Health Urgent Care Center in Knoxville, a nonprofit that serves as a jail alternative for nonviolent offenders with mental health issues, is seeking additional funding from the Knox County Commission, Knoxnews reports. The center, which opened in March 2018, is optional for offenders with behavioral health or substance abuse problems – law enforcement brings them in and they can be held there for up to 72 hours. Knox County contributed $600,000 and the city of Knoxville put in $400,000 towards the center in its first year, and now the center is requesting an additional $240,000 from the county and $160,000 from the city.