Individuals in Monroe County who are experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis have a new source for help besides an emergency room or the local jail. The Bloomington-based Stride Coalition has opened The Stride Center which offers a place for police to take individuals in need instead of going into the criminal justice system.
The 24-hour crisis diversion center in downtown Bloomington was opened to better help those with substance abuse disorders.
The coalition says the center not only help patients to end their cycle of substance use by meeting them where they are, it also avoids unnecessary jail time on their backgrounds that may prevent them from getting a job in the future.
The center has a 25-person capacity. It will have two full time therapists, a program manager and peer specialists on staff.
The Stride Center is one of the first facilities of its kind in the state of Indiana. It was made possible by $2.1 million in grants and funding from IU Health Community Impact Investment, the IU Health Foundation, and other local organizations.