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Health and Human Services received $150,000 from Providence to start of a crisis intervention program

A new peer-assisted crisis center (PAC) in Yamhill County opened its doors in November and can serve up to six people at any given time providing 24-hour support. PAC is a private and safe place for any of the 95,925 people living in Yamhill County who are experiencing psychiatric difficulty and need immediate intervention.

"We offer a comfortable, non-institutional and recovery-focused environment to support individuals with achieving psychiatric stabilization within the community as an alternative to the emergency department, acute care or jail," Emily Piper a Yamhill County Health and Human Services (YCHHS) representative said.

"PAC can also be a step-down option for those leaving acute care while providing the services necessary to support the individuals to remain in the community safely." according to a health and human services meeting report in January.

"PAC is staffed with trained behavior health professionals, peer support specialists to work on site to promote hope, independence and personal growth," Piper said. "Treatment includes, medication management, illness management and recovery services, peer support and referral to other services, and follow up services. Anyone from Yamhill County 18-years or older can participate in the program."

In January, YCHSS recognized that there was a gap in services between hospital inpatient and community-based care for immediate intervention for crisis care. After a review of this gap, YCHHS proposed to start PAC to provide 24-hour support for individuals experiencing psychiatric crisis in the county. As a result it generated the funds by approaching Providence Health Systems. YCHHS applied for a general program funding grant through Providence Health & Services Community Health Division to support development of a peer-assisted crisis center in the amount of $150,000 and was approved

"A qualified mental health professional will conduct a comprehensive screening, including review of risk, current substance use, criminal history, and serious medical conditions to determine if PAC could be a safe and effective environment for the individual. Enrollment in Yamhill County Adult Behavioral Health services (YCABH) is not required, but will occur, at time of placement," Piper said.

Access into the program is through referral pathways. During regular business hours, YCABH completes the required screenings. If an issue arises after hours, the screenings are completed by YCABH teems at the local emergency departments.

"Admittance is only allowable through these established pathways," Piper said.

The estimated average length of stay could be a few days with a 14 day maximum.

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