An expansion and upgrade phase at the Balsam Center, operated by Appalachian Community Services in Waynesville, is now complete. The center evaluates and offers stabilization services for persons with behavioral health issues. The expansion made room for four more beds in the crisis unit, which can now sleep sixteen; a space for group therapy; and a primary care examination room. Investments in modernization will impact the facility’s telehealth and security systems. The grounds have also been improved, upgrading the outdoor recreation areas, which include a nature trail. The total project cost was $542,000. Vaya Health contributed $374,000 from community reinvestment funds accumulated from managed Medicaid savings. The Evergreen Foundation contributed $118,000; and ACS and its parent company, ncgCARE of Richmond, Virginia, covered the remainder. The center specializes in treating persons suffering mental health crises, developmental disabilities, and addiction. Anybody is welcome to use the facility, regardless of their ability to pay. Upon intake, staff will perform an assessment and develop a treatment plan. Persons in crisis typically stay a few days until they are stabilized. The facility is designed to accommodate growth. Near-future plans include expanding intake hours to receive walk-ins 24/7.