A new crisis assessment center is closer to becoming a reality in Southern Virginia.A grant from the Office of the AttorneyGeneral is helping law enforcement inDanville and Pittsylvania County pay for its staffing,location, and crisis intervention team training. One option is in theDanville Regional Medical Centerwhere there is already a room to help people with mental illnesses during a crisis.The new center would allow one off duty officer and counselor to remain with the person in their time of need. "It's a mechanis to secure the person until they can be properly evaluated and again it lets the officer and deputy go back totheir core duties whether that be going on the road or in our case themaximum security jail." The state grant is funding mental health treatmentefforts in 25 other Virginia counties. Currently there are14 assessment centers in the state including inMartinsville, Blacksburg, and Staunton.