Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday afternoon for a new mental health crisis center in Rochester.

The Southeast Regional Crisis Center is being built on the county campus adjacent to the Federal Medical Center and is expected to open next year. It is designed to provide 24/7 care for people experiencing a mental health crisis and will serve residents of Olmsted and 9 neighboring and nearby counties in southeastern Minnesota.

Rochester State Senator Dave Senjem played a major role in creating and passing the legislation that led the Minnesota Department of Human Services to award $5 million in funding for the new center last year. Olmsted County is the lead agency on the project but has several partners, including the Mayo Clinic, the southeast chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Collaborative Resource Education Services.

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