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New crisis center proposed in Macon, Bibb County to consider long-term lease for property

BIBB COUNTY, Ga. (WGXA) - Bibb County's River Edge Behavioral Health has plans for a new crisis center in Macon.

According to documents obtained by WGXA News, River Edge plans on building a new Crisis Stabilization and Diagnostic Center. The proposed location will be on Rev. J.L. Mills, Sr. Way.

Those documents indicate the crisis center will be focused on the health needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They hope to use the center to assess and diagnose those individuals, along with improving the effectiveness of crisis responses and resources. Their proposal goes on to say the crisis center hopes to reduce what they call overdependence on crisis homes, overuse of law enforcement, extended stays related to psychiatric needs in emergency room departments, multiple hospitalizations, and instability of daily functioning due to lack of proper diagnosis and stabilization.

At Tuesday's Macon-Bibb County Commission meeting, Mayor Lester Miller will propose a plan that would have River Edge leasing the property on Rev. J.L. Mills, Sr. Way from Macon-Bibb County. The lease will last 50 years. The cost will be $ 20 thousand for the first ten years. After that period, the annual cost will be three percent of the assessed property value.

The proposed building will be 30,000 square feet with 16 beds. The proposal will be discussed at Tuesday's Macon-Bibb County Commission meeting.