Who You Gonna Call? Part 1
When I receive phone calls from strangers or potential clients asking if I can fill a medical prescription, it only confirms my suspicions – the general public is quite confused by the world of mental health practitioners. The capital letters following a professional’s name can also add to this state of confusion and frustration. Navigating the system isn’t always easy due to the different branches and subdivisions of services available, but here’s the good news: It’s not as confusing at it all sounds.
In Part 1 of “Who You Gonna Call?” I will list a few of the most popular services in the industry, and in Part 2, I will address the variety of professionals and explain where they can be found within the mental health system.
There are several types of treatments available, a few include:
- Behavioral Health Treatment
- Substance Abuse Treatment
- Inpatient Treatment
- Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP)
People are sometimes overwhelmed by all the options and usually aren’t sure where to turn for help. To make it easier, I’ve created a simple list explaining the variety of local and national services available. This is just a general overview, and you should always consult your regular doctor before seeking additional services and before taking any medications.
Let’s examine the variety of treatment settings.
Crisis Intervention: Normally exists within an emergency room setting. In some communities it is free standing, or mobile.
Inpatient Treatment: Provides a safe therapeutic setting for those that could be a harm to themselves or to others. Usually within a hospital, initially for 72 hours during a period of crisis. If a patient needs long-term treatment, there are also a variety of 28 day facilities available. They include treatment for substance abuse, eating disorders and trauma.
Long-Term Residential Treatment: For individuals who have severe difficulty functioning at home or in the community. Individuals with severe mental health issues or cognitive disabilities are served in these settings. Usually owned by a larger organization. In the substance abuse realm these are privately owned as well.
Intensive Outpatient Treatment (IOP): Usually seen as a follow-up to inpatient treatment. This setting provides daily (usually about 10 to 12 hours per week) of group and individual therapy while the patient lives at home and functions within the community. These settings vary in terms of what disorder is treated. Some specialize is substance abuse, eating disorders and trauma, while others treat more general issues. These settings help provide coping skills, and help patients function within the community.
Outpatient Clinics: These offices are usually within a larger clinical setting. The clinicians see a large number of clients per day. Often a psychiatrist oversees the medications of the clients. Owned by larger hospitals or businesses. Usually accept all insurances.
Private Practices: These are smaller clinical settings, usually privately owned. Operate with a smaller caseload per clinician, and often accept only a limited number of insurances. Smaller practices usually specialize in specific treatment options or diagnoses.
In Part 2 of my next blog, I will discuss the differences between the various professionals who are employed within these settings.
Here are some local numbers to call if you need immediate help or assistance:
To contact crisis intervention, please call (800) 673-2496 or (717)-851-5320.
Crisis centers are located in WellSpan York Hospital’s Emergency Department and
WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital’s Emergency Department.
Both facilities are open 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week.
Crisis Walk-in Services:
Edgar Square Walk in Crisis Unit 1101 S. Edgar St., Suite C, York, Pa.
Hours of Operation: Monday thru Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. No appointments are necessary.
Mobile Crisis Unit:
True North Wellness Call: 1-800-315-0951 Seven offices located across South Central PA (click link below for address and directions) Open: 24 hours, 365 days per year
The following list include a sample of Inpatient treatment, long-term residential and Intensive outpatient – all require a referral from a Mental Health Professional, a therapist or a psychiatrist.
Outpatient Treatment Options:
Wellspan Behavioral Health: (717)-851-6340
PA Counseling Services: 855-272-1653
Rost and Associates, Family Counselors 807 S George St #1, York, PA 17403 Phone: (717)-843-6561
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