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Congressman Peter DeFazio, State Representative Dan Rayfield, County Commissioner Xan Augerot Tour Future Benton County Crisis Center Building

Sep 2, 2021
Press Release

Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR-04), State Representative Dan Rayfield, and Benton County commissioners toured the site of the future Benton County Crisis Center today. The building, which currently houses the County Administration and the Board of Commissioners offices, will be transformed into a new crisis center for the community thanks to funding secured by Congressman DeFazio and Representative Rayfield.

“I’m proud to have helped secure the necessary funding to expand behavioral and mental health crisis response services in Benton County. Earlier this year, I worked to pass the American Rescue Plan which provided billions in pandemic relief to the state of Oregon—I applaud Representative Rayfield’s efforts to ensure these congressionally provided dollars went to worthy investments for our community,” said Rep. DeFazio. “Beyond the American Rescue Plan, I’m proud to have secured an additional $1 million for the project in the House-passed funding bill for fiscal year 2022.”

“Across the state of Oregon, we are facing a behavioral and mental health crisis,” said Rayfield. “Equipping our community with the right tools to deal with these issues is imperative. Our office secured $1.25 million in funding for the Crisis Respite Center which will lead to reduced costs for patients and help form the cornerstone of Benton County’s approach to providing trauma informed care to individuals in crisis.”

“Our vision for a justice system balancing rehabilitation and accountability depends upon transformative change. The heart of our behavioral health approach is creating a Crisis Center,” said Commissioner Xan Augerot. “Locating the Crisis Center in downtown Corvallis allows us to address multiple goals and create a cascade of immediate and long-term benefits for community members in immediate crisis, those battling addiction and mental health concerns, and to further our County’s priority to foster thriving communities.”

A new Crisis Center will divert individuals in crisis from the County jail and the emergency room, dramatically cutting costs for the local hospital system. Hospital-level care is currently the only option for individuals in need of immediate behavioral health assistance and treatment. The opening of a crisis center will cut hospital-level care costs in half.