Waterbury, Connecticut (WTNH) — Families in the Waterbury area have a new resource to help their children struggle with behavioral and mental health. It’s called the Emergency Crisis Center. Once inside, you’ll quickly discover that it’s more of a living room than an emergency room.
“If a child is having difficulties at home, at school or with friends, and parents are concerned or very concerned about their child’s behavior, there is an opportunity for us to stand by them in times of crisis. It’s given,” said Christine Plasitt, vice president of children’s services.
When families enter the center, nurses ask them what the crisis is and what they are looking for.
“This second question is very important to the care model because it helps guide us to a solution-focused approach,” explained Tabby Ali, deputy medical director at the Center. did. “What aspects of this issue are you seeking help with, other than just describing the crisis or problem?”
Couches, toys, and soothing art help children and their parents relax and open up about what’s going on and what’s causing them problems. The furniture is weighted so people who have difficulty controlling their movements can’t throw anything. The whole team spends hours discussing, evaluating and planning. Much better than what often happens in mental health crises.
“They take the child to the emergency room and seek medical attention there,” Prasit said. “We all know that emergency rooms tend to have a high degree of urgency and respond quickly and roughly when a crisis occurs.”
Wellmore Behavioral Health opened this emergency crisis center in downtown Waterbury in June. Nearly 30 young people have already been treated, but not a single one did not need to go to the emergency room. One reason is that the center helps children plan for future crises.
“What will I do the next time I feel like harming myself? And what role will my parents play in supporting me?” Ali said.
I hope that when they leave the center, their families will not only have a plan for how they will handle the next crisis, but they will also have access to local and state resources to help them deal with the next crisis. I’m here.