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News Release

Lancaster County
Date: April 19, 2019

For more information contact
Scott Etherton
825 "J" Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
(402) 441-8276
setherton@lancaster.ne.gov

Lancaster County Mental Health Crisis Center Receives CARF Accreditation

Lincoln, NE - April 17, 2019 - Lancaster County is pleased to announce the re-accreditation of the Lancaster County Mental Health Crisis Center. The accreditation was issued by CARF International, a nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. The Mental Health Crisis Center has been issued a three-year accreditation.

Through the accreditation process CARF assists service providers in improving the quality of their services, demonstrating value, and meeting internationally recognized organizational and program standards. The accreditation which extends through October 31, 2021 is an indication of Lancaster County's dedication and commitment to improving the quality of the lives of the persons served. The accreditation process carefully examines services, personnel and documentation to ensure that the Lancaster County Mental Health Crisis Center is exceeding in terms of quality. "We couldn't be prouder to have received the CARF accreditation again," said Scott Etherton, Lancaster County Mental Health Crisis Center Director. Etherton also noted that the CARF accreditation, "shows the commitment and care that our staff puts into caring for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis."

The Lancaster County Mental Health Crisis Center provides custody, screening, emergency evaluation and crisis intervention to acutely mentally ill individuals, age 18 and older, who are detained under Nebraska Civil Commitment Statutes within the Region V service area. Opening in 1989 the Mental Health Crisis Center has continued to grow and evolve over time. In its current location the center has 16 beds and serves those in crisis in the community.

Established in 1859, Lancaster County is Nebraska's second most populated county. Home to the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Lancaster County is a growing and dynamic community. In collaboration with the City of Lincoln, Lancaster County provides a variety of services for residents and has been nationally recognized for its cooperation and progressive attitude in service to residents. The mission of the Lancaster County Board is to provide sustainable governmental services for a healthy, safe and diverse community.

For more information about Lancaster County please visit the website at lancaster.ne.gov or call 402-441-7447.

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