NAPLES, Fla.- The finishing touches are being added to the new crisis stabilization unit at the David Lawrence Center. It's 16,000 square feet and the only the Baker Act receiving facility in Collier County.
Dave Schimmel is the CEO of the David Lawrence Center. He said it is ten times more affordable to treat patients here rather than hospitals or jails
Former patient Ron Stanford, said "I was here over ten years ago and had a good time stabilizing here."
This expansion was necessary because last year more than 600 people were sent out of the county for care because there was not enough space to treat them at the center.
Schimmel said, "This is going to alleviate that and I think for the next two decades this will really meet the needs of Collier County citizens."
The expanded facility includes a children's area and an adult wing-with 16 new beds. The David Lawrence Center said one in four families in Collier County will suffer from mental illness.
"One of the biggest issues for people suffering from mental illnesses is their access to primary care so right now we are partnering with other agencies to make sure they can see a doctor and ultimately we want that capability on site," said Schimmel.
The facility opens in Mid-November, but some patients will move in as early as next week.
Next week some patients will be transferred into the facility. By mid-November, all the renovations will be complete.