The Fort Smith Board of Directors on Tuesday will discuss the adoption of the Crisis Stabilization Unit interlocal agreement.
Sebastian County Judge David Hudson in March said the interlocal agreement would address how stakeholders of the CSU would cost-share if grant money and reimbursement funds for the facility leave a funding gap. CSU, which opened in February, is located in Fort Smith with the purpose of diverting the mentally ill in Sebastian, Crawford, Franklin, Logan, Scott and Polk counties from jail.
The interlocal agreement would be based on the collection of operations data in the first year of operation for CSU. The same data collected in the following years would be assessed for annual adjustments, according to a memo from Hudson to county and city officials in the catchment area.
The basis for cost sharing by the counties and cities in the catchment area would be based on the $350 estimated treatment cost per day per patient and the projected unreimbursed amount averaged among all patients and clients. County and city officials would also agree to pay $5 daily for services provided to people who use CSU, the memo states.
If passed, counties and cities that do not ratify the interlocal agreement could not participate in the use of CSU, the memo states.
Hudson said he had worked with Fort Smith City Administrator Carl Geffken, along with county officials, in reference to the agreement.
The board will also discuss employee benefit credits Tuesday. City employees do not receive the same number of credits to be applied to benefit costs because of the current legacy system that calculates benefit credits, according to a memo from Finance Director Jennifer Walker to City Administrator Carl Geffken.
The board will hold the study session at noon Tuesday at the Fort Smith Public Library Community Room.