Congressman DeFazio and Representative Rayfield to tour future Benton County Crisis Center building

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Congressman Peter DeFazio and Representative Dan Rayfield will tour the future location of Benton County’s Crisis Center Thursday, September 2, 2021. Currently housing the Board of Commissioners offices, County Administration, Information Technology, and County Counsel, the County will repurpose the facility to support individuals in need of immediate behavioral health assistance. The County services that reside in the facility will relocate to the new County facility at 4500 SW Research Way.

County staff worked with state and federal legislators to raise funds for Phase 1 of the building remodel. Under the American Rescue Plan, which Congressman DeFazio worked to pass through Congress, Representative Rayfield was able to allocate $1.25 million in relief dollars for the project. Congressman DeFazio also secured an additional $1 million for the project in the House-passed 2022 funding bill. 

The Phase 1 remodel will create a 4,000 square foot space that provides five 24-hour beds and five 23-hour chairs for individuals in need of care. 

WHAT: Crisis Center Overview and Site Tour

WHO: Congressman DeFazio and State Representative Rayfield will join the Benton County commissioners and key project staff. Benton County Board chair Xan Augerot and Benton County Behavioral Health Deputy Director Dannielle Brown will provide a short presentation on the key services and features the new Crisis Center will provide. 

Available for interview:

  • Congressman DeFazio

  • Representative Rayfield

  • Commissioner Xan Augerot

  • Dannielle Brown, Behavioral Health Deputy Director

WHEN: Thursday, September 2 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

WHERE: 205 NW 5th Street, Corvallis, OR 97330

RSVP: Members of the media that wish to attend Thursday’s event must RSVP no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 1. Contact Benton County public information officer, Alyssa Rash, at alyssa.rash@co.benton.or.us or 541-745-4468.