Mental Health Treatment Center Will Comply With Pleasant Hill City Council Conditions, Company Officials Say
Officials from Crestwood Behavioral Health on Wednesday said that they intend to comply with conditions set by the Pleasant Hill City Council to open an unlocked mental health treatment facility, the Contra Costa Times reports (Lyons, Contra Costa Times, 10/17). The opening of the Crestwood Healing Center in Pleasant Hill was delayed after the city council in September voted 3-1 to tighten the conditions under which it approved the opening of the treatment center. The city council voted in July to allow Crestwood Behavioral Health to open a 53,000-square-foot facility. Crestwood had agreed to limit passes out of the center to between 10 a.m. and nightfall, assign a police officer to patrol the area and not admit sex offenders or people with a history of violence. However, Contra Costa County and Crestwood officials said at a county Board of Supervisors meeting earlier this month that the conditions the city council and Crestwood agreed to lacked legal standing (California Healthline, 10/17). In a letter to city officials sent Wednesday, CBH President George Lytal wrote, "The purpose of this letter is to assure you that we intend to comply with all the conditions of approval." Debra Margolis, an attorney for Pleasant Hill, said, "It's our feeling that Crestwood does not intend to challenge [the conditions of approval] in court. We feel the city is well protected." The treatment facility opened last week (Contra Costa Times, 10/17).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.