JOHN DAY - The Community Counseling Solutions Board has decided to move forward on building a secure acute-care facility in John Day.

The 10-bed facility is proposed to provide short-term treatment for people suffering acute mental crises that may make them a danger to themselves or the community.

The organization's board met Monday and voted unanimously to move ahead, according to Kimberly Lindsay, CCS director.

The project was proposed in cooperation with Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day and Eastern Oregon Human Services Consortium. CCS, based in Heppner, contracts to provide mental health services and counseling in Grant County.

The facility is expected to fill a gap in services that occurred when acute-care services ended at the psychiatric hospital in Pendleton. That left no beds available for such patients in the eastside counties.

The new facility could employ 20-24 people and will have a staff psychiatrist.

Plans call for building it adjacent to the hospital in John Day.

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