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$4.5 Million Development for Oklahoma Mental Health Agency

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma family service agency is working to retain a $1.5 million state grant by embarking on a $4.5 million project to add mental health services for residents in the Tulsa area.

Family & Children's Services was awarded the $1.5 million grant by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services in 2012. The agency was to have worked with Hillcrest Medical Center to add 16 permanent psychiatric beds for longer-term care and add a short-term crisis intervention center.

The Tulsa World reports the plan ran into a hitch when Hillcrest backed off on a plan to supply the bed space.

The agency's board has since voted to fund the opening of a community-based, structured crisis center in addition to its planned short-term crisis unit.