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Sarpy County Also Recognized as an Innovator

  The Stepping Up Initiative announced that Sarpy County is the 13th county nationally to be designated as an Innovator County. 

  Officials in Sarpy County officially accepted the designation Wednesday, according to Megan Stubenhofer-Barrett, the county’s communications manager. 

  Sarpy County formed a Mental Health Leadership Team in 2017 to map how people dealing with mental health crises meet and flow through the criminal justice system. The aim is redirecting such people toward treatment. 

  The county plans to open a crisis stabilization center for use by Sarpy County law enforcement agencies as an alternative destination – instead of jail – for people experiencing a mental health crisis. 

  Sarpy County is purchasing a 6-acre site near the Nebraska Medicine-Bellevue hospital for the center. 

  However, after receiving concerns from the City of Bellevue about possible commercial development of the site, the county is now reviewing other options before moving forward. 

– Scott Stewart

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