What Defines a Mental Health Crisis?
A mental health crisis occurs when one feels that they have no hope or control in their life or that a mental illness has gotten out of control. Crisis may involve depression, anxiety, grief, hallucinations, mania, addiction or thoughts of harm to themselves or others. Crisis is the real feeling of overwhelming emotional or behavioral helplessness. A crisis is determined by the state of the person in distress, not the feelings of those around them.
Acute Care Campus Crisis Center
When a friend or family member is in a mental health crisis, it can be difficult to know what to do and where to go. Most often, the person in crisis will end up in an emergency room. While this is a solution, it is not the most conducive setting for getting a person help or into the direct care or supervision of a mental health professional. Our Acute Care Campus provides three levels of care:
- Walk In Center: operates 24/7/365 and is run by our professional staff who will help ease situations and work with you to connect to appropriate services, like making an appointment with your regular mental health provider, stabilization or hospitalization.
- Crisis Stabilization Unit: Bridge House provides a safe, comfortable place to stay while receiving intensive crisis services. The typical stay is 2-3 days.
- Bridge Acute Treatment Center (ATU): If inpatient care is needed, the ATU can provide more intensive service. A typical stay is 3-5 days. It is designed for individuals whose behaviors and/or symptoms of their mental illness are creating a crisis for them, their families or others. See Referral Guide.
The facility houses a 16-bed acute treatment unit (ATU) that handles psychiatric crises and emergencies for adults in need of immediate, short-term stabilization. Our modern facility provides 24/7 psychiatric and nursing care, a 23-hour observation room, and the ability to handle mental health holds. We are a lower-cost alternative to psychiatric hospitalization; both short- and long-term stays are possible.
We accept self-payment, Medicaid and most private insurance plans, including:
Aetna, Anthem/Blue Cross/Blue Shield (BCBS), CHP+, Cigna, Great West Healthcare, Kaiser Permanente, LifeSynch (Humana), OPTUM/United, Behavioral Health, OPTUM/TriCare, Pacificare, Rocky Mountain UFCW/Mines & Associates, Value Options.
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An individual who is undergoing a psychiatric crisis and/or is at risk of harming himself or others may be a candidate for Bridge ATU. Medical clearance within 24 hours, as well as insurance authorization or private payment arrangements, is required prior to admission.