In an ongoing effort to improve the quality of life of people living with psychiatric disorders, Northwell Health has opened an Adult Behavioral Health Crisis Center at Zucker Hillside Hospital.
The new center, which opened last month, has been designed to bridge the gap that patients face in accessing behavioral health services by providing walk-in care to individuals who need immediate psychiatric care, reducing their reliance on Emergency Department (ED) services.
“Our mission at Zucker Hillside Hospital is to improve the health and quality of life for the people we serve by providing evidence-based treatment and patient-centered care,” said Michael Dwyer, associate executive director at Zucker Hillside Hospital. “By providing walk-in evaluation and treatment that will help patients in their recovery from a wide range of psychiatric diagnoses and emotional issues, we are taking a giant step forward in caring for the most-vulnerable members of our community.”
This program is one way in which Northwell Health is realizing the goals of NYS’ Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program and increasing access to high-quality behavioral health services so that vulnerable patients have alternatives to the Emergency Department.
Among the services offered by the Crisis Center are:
- Crisis psychotherapy
- Evidence-based screening assessments
- Diagnostic evaluations
- Coordination of care
- Short-term treatment
- Medication management
- Referral and linkage to follow-up care
The Center, which is open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of licensed professionals that includes psychiatrists, medical assistants, social workers, care coordinators and peer advocates.
Zucker Hillside Hospital is located at 75-59 263rd Street in Glen Oaks, NY. For more information, call (718) 470-8300.
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