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Oppose Mental Health Crisis Facility in Packers Square

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--Please Sign This Petition Opposing the Mental Health Crisis Stabilization Center in Packers Square in Tustin--

Update:  The Planning Commission is postponing the meeting until November 14th. Please check back often for details, as it may be sooner.

St. Joseph's is applying for a conditional use permit to supersede current zoning laws in Packers Square (by the Rubys) to accommodate a 24/7 mental health crisis stabilization center, that will be run by the private, for profit, company Exodus Recovery.

The majority of Tustin residents are adamantly opposed to this for several reasons, primarily safety, and setting the precedent for using space in an unintended manner.

  1. The property is not zoned for 24 hour use
  2. 40% of clients will be dropped off by law enforcement, many of which are under "5150"s which requires an involuntary hold UP TO 72 hours. Many will require "chemical dependency" services, i.e. drug detox. Even though the facility would be open 24/7, clients cannot stay 24 hours. Many 5150s are not held for the full 72 hours, so they will be released early into public, or to a family member. The company claims those who need to stay 72 hours will be transferred to a hospital.
  3. There are homes 250 feet from the building, and several family oriented businesses in the center, and even in the same building.
  4. There is no security provided outside of the unit, only 2 unarmed guards inside.
  5. Exodus Recovery is a for profit company, who will receive millions of dollars a year from the State of California to operate this center.

From the report, the Crisis Stabilization Unit:

  • will operate 24/7 and provide 16-20 clients per day with psychiatric and chemical dependency services which include: mental health assessment, medical evaluation, psychological therapeutic evaluation/intervention,  social services, and referrals 
  • will NOT be a licensed medical office clinic 
  • will accept clients directly from law enforcement, hospitals & emergency departments, mental health agencies, physical health clinics, self referral walk-in, and faith based organizations

We believe this is a terrible location for this type of business.  Given the amount of clientele that comes from police and requires transfer to hospital, residents want these types of business to be located near hospitals, and away from residential areas.

Proposed address for the CSU.
13132 Newport Ave
Tustin, Ca 92780

Please join the final meeting of the planning commission, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, November 14th at 7pm @ Tustin Council Chamber, 300 Centennial Way.



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