HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – WellStone Crisis Diversion Center, a nonprofit mental health facility, funded in part by the state of Alabama is set to open next spring.

But in the meantime, the mental health staff showed News 19 how its temporary crisis facility operates.

“So as part of the contract award, we needed to get something up and going within six months and so we took some existing buildings and really kind of retrofitted them to serve the purpose of this project,” said WellStone CEO Jeremy Blair. “Come next spring we’ll have a brand new 25,000, square-foot building designed specifically for the crisis diversion center.”

At intake, the needs of people in crisis, who are called clients, are assessed and they can either receive temporary care or extended care. All care is voluntary.

Watch the full feature here.