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Mental health center rolls out 24/7 crisis response teams

Published: 7/23/2021 9:29:27 PM
Modified: 7/23/2021 9:29:38 PM

LEBANON — West Central Behavioral Health, the community mental health center for Sullivan County and much of southern Grafton County, has launched a new 24/7 mobile crisis response program, according to a news release.

The program replaces West Central’s former emergency services program and offers a direct, in-person connection to a crisis clinician at all hours of the day and night by calling West Central’s crisis response phone line at 1-800-564-2578.

For calls that cannot be resolved by phone, mobile crisis response teams are available to respond in person to mental health and substance use crisis situations, according to the release. Each crisis response team will be staffed by one licensed mental health clinician and one peer provider.

The goals of the mobile crisis response effort include reducing the number of suicides, opioid overdoses and other causes of preventable death, as well as reducing hospitalizations and incarcerations.

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