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Persons Experiencing Psychiatric Crises: Information for Emergency Department Staff and Others Regarding Available Resources, Protocols, and Requirements

How Could Community Mental Health Providers Be Helpful to Emergency Department and other Hospital Staff?

The crisis worker is responsible for contacting community mental health providers who are currently providing services to the individual, so that they are aware of the psychiatric crisis and can work in partnership with ED and other hospital staff. If the individual is admitted to the hospital the community mental health providers, in most cases the individual's Community Support Worker, can work with the individual and the individual's treatment team on treatment and discharge planning. If the individual is instead referred to a hospitalization alternative, the Community Support Worker would work in partnership with the staff in that setting.