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Maricopa County Expanding Behavioral Health Crisis System

Maricopa County is increasing the capacity of its behavioral health crisis system.

Over the past few months, new step-down and adult respite facilities have opened; the rest should be open within the next three months. Joel Conger, crisis services director for Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care, and Jamie Pothast, director of Utilization Management for Community Bridges - one of the groups involved in the expansion, spoke about the changes.

The expansion of Maricopa County’s behavioral health crisis system is projected to cost several million dollars.

Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.