State-of-the-Art Crisis Treatment Center Opens February 2nd
On February 2nd, Mental Health Cooperative (MHC) will open the doors to a state-of-the-art Crisis Treatment Center, where all MHC Emergency Psychiatric Services will be housed. The new facility welcomes children and adults 24/7, that are experiencing behavioral health crises, where they can receive immediate, compassionate care at no cost to the individuals.
Since 2006, the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office has seen a rise in the number of seriously mentally ill individuals entering the local jail system. Metro Police have seen an increase in the number of requests for transport for evaluation. Local Emergency Departments have experienced a significant increase in numbers of patients needing mental health services.
Options today are limited for officers working with individuals experiencing mental health crises; instances where a crime hasn’t been committed but an individual is in need of immediate, specialized help. Often, appropriate services are not available, leaving the criminal justice system as the only option.
“Collaboration and training between MHC Emergency Psychiatric Services and Metro Police have been key so officers can identify mental illness and better assess the severity of a threat,” says James Michael Randolph, MHC Crisis Supervisor. “The goal is that everyone is treated with respect and dignity in a safe, warm, welcoming environment.”
MHC’s new Crisis Treatment Center offers a specialized entrance for police officers where they can bring individuals and exchange information so that treatment can begin immediately. Clinical services offered in the Crisis Treatment Center will be individualized and include a full continuum of therapeutic options.
The Crisis Treatment Center is a result of innovative public-private partnerships, as well as cross-departmental collaborations between MHC, the Tennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services and Metro Nashville Government.
Benefits of MHC’s Crisis Treatment Center include:
→ Immediate Access: Adults, children, and adolescents in crisis will begin treatment immediately.
→ Public Safety Improved: An enhancement to public safety via the provision of easily accessible, no-cost mental health treatment to those in crisis.
→ Police Return to Patrol Faster: A secure drop off location for the police with the goal of returning to patrol in 10 minutes.
→ Helps Alleviate Overcrowding of Jails & Emergency Rooms: A community resource that will help reduce overcrowding in both jails and emergency departments
by offering a safe location where treatment can begin without delay.
→ Proven Approach: An approach to crisis treatment that, when implemented in other locations, has demonstrated increases in jail diversion.