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Your Crisis is Our Priority

Offering Access to 24/7 Crisis Care

Crisis intervention is emergency first aid for mental health. A crisis may occur when an individual is unable to deal effectively with stressful changes in the environment. A stressful event alone does not constitute a crisis; rather, a crisis is determined by the individual’s view of the event and response to it.

Fairfield Medical Center provides crisis intervention services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Our Crisis Intervention Team

Licensed by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and accredited by the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Health Care Organization (JCAHO), our highly trained interdisciplinary team includes:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Physician assistants
  • Certified nurse practitioners
  • Registered nurses
  • Emergency department technicians
  • Licensed social workers
  • Licensed chemical dependency counselors
  • Chaplains
  • Patient Representatives
  • Certified peer supporters
Psychologist interviewing depressed patient

Direct Intervention

Our team members can assist an individual in crisis by providing direct intervention, by identifying alternative coping skills, or by consulting with others. Our primary goal is to provide safe, clinically necessary interventions to:

  • Those who are at possible risk of harming themselves and/or someone else
  • Those who are acutely psychotic
  • Those in crisis

Our team will provide help to those in need regardless of insurance coverage or lack of ability to pay.

Doctor and patient

Emergency Services Clinicians

Emergency services clinicians can:

  • Provide crisis management services
  • Complete an urgent evaluation to understand what happened to initiate the crisis and the individual’s response to it
  • Complete a risk assessment of lethality, propensity of violence, and medical/physical condition including alcohol and other drug use
  • Provide case management services to help address social service needs during an individual’s time at the hospital

This can include but is not limited to:

  • Linking and referring a person to the appropriate level of care for mental health and/or addiction services
  • Contacting a certified peer support for a substance abuse problem
  • Providing a Project DAWN kit and training
  • Contacting a rape crisis counselor when appropriate
  • Assisting with an admission into the Substance Abuse Stabilization Unit (SASU) or into a psychiatric facility when appropriate
  • Initiating paperwork or contacting local organizations to help the patient obtain insurance, appropriate medical supplies, placement into a nursing facility or supportive housing, getting into a shelter, etc.
  • Verifying medication is in stock at the patient’s home pharmacy for when the patient is discharged from the hospital
  • Calling local transportation services to allow for a patient to be transported home