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Emergency Department Crisis Intervention Department

Fairfield Medical Center provides crisis intervention services to those in 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Licensed by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and accredited by the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Health Care Organization (JCAHO), our highly trained interdisciplinary team includes psychiatrists, physicians, physician assistants, certified nurse practitioners, registered nurses, emergency department technicians, licensed social workers, licensed chemical dependency counselors, chaplains, patient representatives, and certified peer supporters.

Our primary goal is to provide safe, clinically necessary interventions to:

  • Those who are at possible risk of harming themselves and or someone else.
  • Those who are acutely psychotic.
  • Those in crisis.

Emergency Services Clinicians can:

  • Provide crisis management services.
  • Complete and urgent evaluation to understand what happened to initiate the crisis and the individual’s response to it.
  • Complete a risk assessment of lethality, propensity of violence, and medical/physical condition including alcohol and other drug use.
  • Provide case management services to help address social service needs during an individual’s time at the hospital.

This can include but is not limited to:

  • Linking and referring a person to the appropriate level of care for mental health and/or addiction services
  • Contacting a certified peer support for a substance abuse problem
  • Providing a Project DAWN kit and training
  • Contacting a rape crisis counselor when appropriate
  • Assisting with an admission into the Substance Abuse Stabilization Unit (SASU) or into a psychiatric facility when appropriate
  • Initiating paperwork or contacting local organizations to help the patient obtain insurance, appropriate medical supplies, placement into a nursing facility or supportive housing, getting into a shelter, etc.
  • Verifying medication is in stock at the patient’s home pharmacy for when the patient is discharged from the hospital
  • Calling local transportation services to allow for a patient to be transported home