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1 <br /> ORANGE COUNTY <br /> BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS <br /> ACTION AGENDA ITEM ABSTRACT <br /> Meeting Date: February 1, 2022 <br /> Action Agenda <br /> Item No. 7-a <br /> SUBJECT: Orange County Crisis/Diversion Facility — Updated Progress Report by the <br /> Orange County Behavioral Health Task Force and Special Recognition of Tony <br /> Marimpietri <br /> DEPARTMENT: Criminal Justice Resource <br /> Department <br /> ATTACHMENT(S): INFORMATION CONTACT: <br /> PowerPoint Slides Caitlin Fenhagen, 919-245-2303 <br /> Tony Marimpietri, 919-619-7223 <br /> Travis Myren, 919-245-2308 <br /> PURPOSE: To receive updated information from the Crisis/Diversion Facility Subcommittee of <br /> the Orange County Behavioral Health Task Force, and express special recognition to Tony <br /> Marimpietri, the Chair of the Subcommittee, who has worked countless volunteer hours to expertly <br /> guide the planning process for the proposed behavioral health facility. <br /> BACKGROUND: In April 2019, over thirty community stakeholders from the criminal justice <br /> system, healthcare, behavioral health system, and housing came together to participate in the <br /> Orange County Sequential Intercept Mapping (SIM) Workshop facilitated by the North Carolina <br /> Department of Health and Human Services. The SIM process is designed to inform and address <br /> community-based responses to the involvement of individuals with behavioral health issues and <br /> intercepts with the criminal justice system. An intercept map and Final Report were created (SIM <br /> Final Report), and one of the identified community gaps that emerged from this process was the <br /> critical need for a Crisis/Diversion facility that would support diverting individuals in behavioral <br /> health crisis from the criminal justice system and the Emergency Departments at UNC Hospitals. <br /> The Behavioral Health Task Force (BHTF), co-chaired by Deputy County Manager Travis Myren <br /> and Caitlin Fenhagen, Criminal Justice Resource Department Director, and with subject matter <br /> expertise from Barbara-Ann Bybel, Director of Inpatient Psychiatry Services at UNC Hospitals, <br /> formed in 2019 to address the behavioral health intercept gaps identified in Orange County. The <br /> mission of the BHTF is to improve outcomes for individuals with behavioral health disorders <br /> through partnerships across justice, law enforcement, mental health, homelessness and <br /> substance use service systems. Later in 2019, the Crisis/Diversion Facility Subcommittee was <br /> formed and tasked with developing recommendations and a plan for a dedicated Facility. <br />