U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden will tour Benton County’s future location of a crisis center on Oct. 24. (Photo provided by Benton County)

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden will tour Benton County’s future location of a crisis center on Oct. 24, the county reported. The tour will include leaders from Benton County, the city of Corvallis, Samaritan Health Services and Oregon State University.

Benton County was awarded $1 million in federal money following passage of a congressional funding bill this past spring. Wyden, Sen. Jeff Merkley and other legislators work on the deal in an effort to improve health care in Oregon.

Demolition recently started for the project, the county announced. The crisis center is an expansion of Benton County Health Department’s existing crisis services that will offer walk-in mental health crisis services 24 hours a day. The facility will also provide a therapeutic place for individuals to stabilize from a mental health crisis for up to 23 hours or 29 days, depending on the individual’s needs, county officials said.

The crisis center is a project of Benton County’s Justice System Improvement Program. County staff worked with state and federal legislators to raise funds for the crisis center with additional funding for improved services to be funded through a bond measure to be put before voters in May 2023.

Wyden has prioritized mental health issues as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. 

Joining Wyden at the event will be Benton County commissioners Nancy Wyse, Xan Augerot and Pat Malone along with key stakeholders and project staff with representatives from Samaritan Health Services, Oregon State University, Mahlum Architects, Gerding Construction, city of Corvallis, Benton County Health Department, Benton County Sheriff’s office and others.