Children dealing with a mental health crisis now have a new option to get help at a first-of-its-kind behavioral health urgent care center.

The Hope Center for Youth and Family Crisis opened Monday in Fuquay-Varina. It’s designed to help families with children ages 5 to 20. The center provides 24/7 access to care, 365 days a year.

The center provides access to assessment, stabilization and treatment planning in a safe, secure and therapeutic environment, and can potentially reduce the strain on EMS as well as hospitals and law enforcement.

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