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By Wendy Holdren/Beckley Register-Herald

To help keep kids safe and in their homes, FMRS Health Systems in Beckley is offering a new way to respond to emotional and behavioral crises — the Children’s Mobile Crisis Response.

“We help them de-escalate the crisis so the child can remain in their home and in their community,” said Tracy King, director of children’s services at FMRS. “We want to see a decrease in kids going into acute care, hospital care or out of state for residential treatment.”

The Children’s Mobile Crisis Response, a pilot project funded through a Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities grant, has been operational in Raleigh County for the past six months. King said of the roughly 80 responses, only two children have required acute care…

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