The St. Augustine Mental Health Center opens to help fill a service gap

People experiencing a mental health crisis can bypass Flagler Hospital’s emergency room and opt for the new CAIR Center instead.

The Crisis Assessment Intervention and Referral Center offers mental and behavioral health services to youth and adults in a more peaceful setting, Flagler Health + officials said.

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The goals of the CAIR Center include reducing “Baker Act unnecessary admissions” and helping people avoid the criminal justice system, as well as reducing recurring hospital visits “while providing those in health crises a supportive and accessible environment for receiving support, “according to a press release from Flagler Health +.

The center has been in operation for several weeks, but on Thursday morning Flagler Health + officials celebrated the inauguration with the ribbon cutting of the center at 300 Health Park Blvd., Suite 1008. Officials called on the media and others to do a tour.

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