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In This Issue SPRING 2019


Features Cover Story: Stablizing Those in Crisis..........................................26


AAC Board Profile: Tommy Young..................................................29 Courthouse Feature: A Treasure....................................................30 Phillips County Going Solar..........................................................33 Logan County Dedicates Jail.......................................................35 49 Cities, Counties Receive Rural Services Grants.................36 Columbia County Unveils Annex.................................................42


Inside Look Conference Registration Form...................................................38


2019 Legislative Recap...............................................................40 More Than 100 Attend Safety Meeting........................................43 Coroners Receive Training..............................................................44 AAQC Holds Semi-Annual Meeting...............................................45


Collectors Meet in Pulaski County.................................................46


Departments From the Director’s Desk...................................................................7


President’s Perspective.....................................................................9 From the Governor............................................................................11 Research Corner...............................................................................12 AG Opinions .......................................................................................14 Governmental Affairs.......................................................................15 Legal Corner.......................................................................................16 Seems to Me..................................................................................... 18 Litigation Lessons.............................................................................23 Wellness & Safety.............................................................................24 NACo News Update...........................................................................49


Cover Notes: Stablizing the


Crisis


(Cover Photo Courtesy of Can Stock Photo)


Top Left: Pictured is the Five West Crisis Stablization Unit in Sebastian County. Top Right: The Pulaski County CSU is staffed by a muti-disciplinary team from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Bottom Left: The Washington County CSU will open June 14. Bottom Right: The Craighead County CSU is set to open in the fall next to the county jail in Jonesboro.


COUNTY LINES, SPRING 2019


Lines staff checked in to see how the four CSUs are doing. The Sebastian County Five West Crisis Stablization Unit is a 16- bed facility that has averaged 88 patients a month. The Pulaski County CSU, which partnered with the University of Arkan- sas for Medical Sciences, has admitted more than 470 patients since it opened in July 2018. The Washington County CSU, housed in the former Washington County Emergency Operations Center, is set to open June 14 of this year. Meanwhile, work has begun on the Craighead County CSU, which is partnering with Mid-South Health Systems and will serve residents in Craighead, Poinsett, Clay, Mississippi, Greene, Randolph, Cross, Phillips, Law- rence, and Crittenden counties. Read more on Page 26.


O — Photos by Holland Doran 5


ne year after the first Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU) in Arkansas opened — in Sebastian County — County


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