Governor Asa Hutchinson said Monday he will ask the Legislative Council to approve $3 million for a Crisis Stabilization Unit for a site in southern Arkansas. We don’t think the governor is doing this because we’ve harassed him for several years, but we’re glad he’s taking action near the end of his term. We tracked down because there are four such units in Arkansas – one in Little Rock, one in Jonesboro, and two in the NWA, but none in the entire southern half of the state. A CSU provides emergency psychiatric care to people who may have committed a criminal act, but need immediate mental health counseling more than they need to be in a jail cell . This treatment may include assessments of suicidal or homicidal risk and a person’s general psychological state. Local prisons and law enforcement agencies generally do not have the facilities or personnel necessary for these services. We are told that the Southern Arkansas CSU will likely be located in El Dorado. This will be a great improvement for the courts and law enforcement in southern Arkansas. This service will be closer and save a lot of time for law enforcement.
The governor’s CSU announcement came during a news conference about crime in Arkansas. Part of it was about a series of shootings in Little Rock. Another part dealt with the video of a bystander who savagely captured a Mulberry police officer and two Crawford County deputies. beat a suspect. Officers have been suspended. There is every reason to believe the suspect may have threatened a convenience store clerk earlier, but there is less reason the suspect committed an act against the officers that would merit the beating he received . At least, that’s not how they train officers at the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy in East Camden.
We understand that the police have a difficult job and that they often deal with violent individuals. But their treatment of criminal suspects must be measured proportionally to the moment.
Beautiful you Magnolia will have its open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, September 1 at its location, which is the old Hands & Scroll at 1920 S. Washington. Ginger Mulholland is the owner. The salon offers Botox, Dysport, Juvederm, Restalyne, Versa and Kybella treatments and other services.
Not to shed light on mental health crisis response, but Monday was the first day of school at Magnolia. Many mothers have seen their babies headed for kindergarten – a mental health crisis for many parents.
Five years ago, we reported the arrival in the Magnolia School District of a zSpace Learning Lab, which combined elements of virtual reality and augmented reality. CLICK HERE to see the story.
Labor Day is approaching, a day when we honor the working man and woman of the United States. Our new online poll question asks readers if they are paid too much, too little or just the right amount for the work they do. We can guess how this poll is going to play out, but we wanted to put some numbers on it.
Mike McNeill is publisher and editor of magnoliareporter.com. Email him at [email protected] or call him at 870-904-3865. The opinions expressed in this column are his own. Don’t drown, turn around.