Sep 1, 2015 8:08 PM
Riverbend rolls out Mobile Crisis Services in Concord
MANCHESTER- Experiencing some kind of psychiatric crisis in Concord? Help is just a call away, and now, they'll come to you.
Riverbend Community Health won a contract from the state to roll out their mobile crisis service. It's part of a settlement the state reached in a lawsuit alleging New Hampshire does not have adequate mental health support services.
The number one goal is to keep their clients out of the emergency room.
“It's a very difficult environment and in many cases it exacerbates the symptoms of somebody's current illness,” says Roy DeWinkeleer, Riverbend’s Mobile Crisis Coordinator.
Riverbend started a pilot program over the summer responding to clients homes and group homes, where they prevented more than 50 emergency room trips.
“In the process, completely changed what the process would have looked like for them,” DeWinkeleer said.
The next step is to complete apartments for clients to stay in for up to a week for recovery after an episode.
Eventually, there are plans for similar programs in Manchester and Nashua.
“This is really to say how does this work well when you have an organization that's attached to the hospital as we are and how can we learn as we go forward,” says Dr. Peter Evers, CEO of Riverbend.
Riverbend can be reached at 1-844-7-Help4U (1-844-743-5748).