RSI celebrates 2nd anniversary, plans to expand to help more who struggle with mental health or substance abuse issues

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- What started as a pilot program for a unique service in Kansas City, Kan., celebrated its second anniversary Thursday.

RSI is a crisis stabilization center that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It serves adults who are struggling with either mental health or substance abuse issues.

Since opening, the center has helped more than 3,600 people and saved more than $6-million.

Before the center opened clients were taken to either an emergency room or the jail for help.

RSI gives clients another option. One that keeps state hospital beds and jail space open and saves the state money.

Clients can stay at the center anywhere from a few hours to ten days.

"These are individuals that really didn't need that type of service," Sharon Sawyer, the executive director said. "They needed something that was in between. Something that will really help them to connect back into the community and services. That's what we're here for. We're here to help them get over that crisis situation and get them back into services in the community."