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Local mental health facility to shut down

Oak Place opened up in April 2014 as one of the first crisis stabilization facilities in the state. /KTVO. 

Heartland residents dealing with mental health issues have a safe place to seek treatment, but not for long.

Oak Place is a crisis stabilization residential home in Centerville, Iowa. It’s currently being funded by the South Central Behavioral Health Region and serves Mahaska, Appanoose, Wapello and Davis counties. However, on October 31, the home will be closing for good, due to a lack of funding.

Oak Place serves as a temporary home for patients who don’t necessarily need psychiatric treatment at hospitals, but do need support and supervision.

Executive Director of Centerville Community Betterment Jackie Sharp says local hospitals and law enforcement centers will direct these types of patients to Oak Place.

“People have found this place as a source of light and hope for their care. They have figured out that with support, they can manage their own mental health services locally,” Sharp said.

Oak Place is one of eleven crisis stabilization centers in the state, and the only one serving southeast Iowa. The South Central Behavioral Health Region Board voted last month to cut its funding, thereby shutting down the facility at the end of October.

Sharp says the board is now taking proposals for another facility that could be more cost-effective.

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