Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) -  A planned mental health crisis center that will be built in Rochester now has a name.

Olmsted County is the lead agency in the planning and development of the new service and says it will be known as Southeast Regional Crisis Center.

Groundbreaking is scheduled this spring and the center is expected to open next year.

The center will serve Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca and Winona counties. It will provide care to individuals who are experiencing a mental health care crisis. Services will be available 24/7.

Besides Olmsted County, partners in the center include Olmsted Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, the southeast chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the Collaborative Resource Education Services and Technology (CREST) initiative. The Minnesota Department of Human Services awarded $5 million in funding to the center in 2019.

Nationwide, the mental health system is struggling to cope with mental health crises and the ongoing drug epidemic. Nearly one in five adults in the U.S. lives with a mental illness, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. From 2007-2014, Minnesota’s hospitals experienced a 49 percent increase in all mental health emergency department visits, which included substance abuse, for all ages. With nowhere else to go, patients in crisis often wait days, weeks and months for admission to an appropriate facility for their needs; having a crisis center in southeast Minnesota will help fill those serious gaps in care.

Need mental health services now? If you or someone you know is currently experiencing a mental health crisis, help is just a phone call away: 844-274-7472.

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