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The respite area at the Deschutes County Stabilization Center in Bend seen in December. 

Behavioral health specialists with the Deschutes County Crisis Stabilization Center will soon be responding to mental health emergencies without law enforcement officers alongside them after the Bend City Council approved $328,000 in additional funding for the center.

Officials are still deciding which emergencies will be handled by mental health experts and which will be handled by Bend Police, but the city funds will enable the center to hire staff for the Mobile Crisis Assessment Team and operate the center around the clock.

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Reporter: 541-633-2117, sroig@bendbulletin.com


Suzanne Roig has been a reporter with The Bulletin since 2018 covering business and health in the region. When she's not working she enjoys taking her dog Pono out on hikes.

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