In line with its mission to “improve the health of our communities,” Meritus Health is expanding access to mental health services this month, according to a news release from the health system.
The health system will open the Meritus Crisis Center, a six-bed inpatient unit, to support the needs of people struggling with addiction, as well as a new mental health center to provide mental health services to individuals in need of mental health services. Opening health walk-in care facilities. Immediate support, evaluation and intervention will be provided, according to the release. Both are located on the Meritus Medical Center campus on Medical Campus Drive through the Orange Entrance.
In partnership with Brook Lane Health Services, the mental health walk-in care facility will serve children, adolescents and adults experiencing mild to moderate mental health crises, including children as young as 6 years old, according to a release. It is planned to serve as an important resource for these individuals. .
“We are here to help our neighbors get the care they need,” Maulik Joshi, president and CEO of Meritus Health, said in a news release. “We continue to recognize the need for these services and are proud to partner with Brook Lane to make them easily accessible to our community.”
Brook Lane CEO Jeffrey D. O’Neill said in a release that partnering with Meritus in nursing homes “represents the power of collaboration to positively impact the lives of people suffering from mental health issues. This is proof of this.” By combining our expertise, resources and dedication, we not only treat mental health emergencies, but also provide a path to continuum of care and promote the long-term mental health of our communities. To do. ”
Allen Twigg, executive director of behavioral and community health, said in a release that the health system’s latest community health needs assessment shows that the number of drug overdose deaths in Washington County has steadily increased over the past decade. , said the rate was found to be higher than the state average. .
Meritus Crisis Center is expanding its pilot to provide three crisis stabilization beds with the goal of serving 150 patients per year. The pilot was highly successful, with an 82% treatment engagement rate at discharge, according to the release.
Crisis stabilization beds provide a safe environment for patients suffering from substance abuse while awaiting treatment programs.
“We are honored to expand this much-needed service to our community,” Twigg said in the release. “This represents an important step forward in improving access to timely and effective behavioral health care, and we are committed to supporting the well-being of our communities.” added.
For more information, visit MeritusHealth.com/MentalHealth.